Learning how to solve multiplication word problems is a lot more fun when you use error analysis.
Solving word problems can be fun?
Many 3rd grade students look forward to learning multiplication – it makes them feel like big kids and they love that! It’s a challenging new skill, and most will master it by the end of 3rd or 4th grade.
It becomes a bit more like a chore though when you introduce word problems, which are notoriously hard.
But, you can make them fun and less like a chore if you introduce error analysis into your word problems.
Especially if you frame it as a game that students will need to play detective in order to solve the problems.
As most teachers know, kids love to play games and learning can be the by-product of it. It’s a win for both sides!