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Comic book stories are rewritten here to include numerical content that is then turned into illustrated word problems for peers to solve
Language Arts, Math
3, 4, 5
Title – Comic Book Interdisciplinary Unit
By – Sandra Caputo
Primary Subject – Math, Language Arts
Grade Level – 3 and up
Note from LessonPlansPage.com:
- In December, substitute books about the holidays (how many candles needed to fill five Menorrahs, how many gifts needed for the seven days of Kwanzaa, Twelve Days of Christmas – how many birds were received in the Twelve Days of Christmas song, and don’t forget
The Night Before Christmas
- with eight tiny reindeer with how many hooves?) Fairy tales like the
Three Little Pigs
- would work well too!
- Arithmetic (Word Problems)
- Comic Books
Description of Activity:
- Students peruse comic books set out for them, or one’s from their own collection, with the intent to revise the story line to include numerical information. They will use this numerical information to create their own word problems that will be solved by their peers.
Directions to the students:
- Pick a comic book. Read the comic book that you have chosen.
- Rewrite the basic story line in a paragraph adding numerical information.
- Write five story questions (word problems) that your partner could answer using the numerical information you’ve added to the text.
Sample rewrite and question:
Spiderman left his place of work at 3:45 pm and walked for 45 minutes to see his girlfriend, Mary Jane. What time did he arrive at Mary Jane’s apartment?
- Draw a picture of the story segment the word problem reflects.
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