Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Multiplication/Division Pixie Problems!

Mrs. Ranney's third graders have been working with the computer teacher, Mrs. Minicozzi, to write multiplication 
and division story problems. 

First, students chose a X/÷ fact family and wrote the 
four equations


6      7     42

6 x 7 = 42

7 x 6 = 42

42 ÷ 7 = 6

42 ÷ 6 = 7

Second,  students selected one of the fact family equations.

Third, students wrote a story to match the math equation. Fictional characters were used as the main characters.

Finally, students used the computer program called Pixie to illustrate their story problems. 


Word Problems by Mrs. Ranney's class


What was the most difficult part about creating your Pixie pages? 

What advice would you give others who are using Pixie?

Make up another word problem in the comment section!



  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    When you are doing a word problem on Pixie, my advice is to go to the shapes icon. Next you put your items that you are using in the circles. This makes it easier to group them.

    Here is a word problem I made up:

    My sister has nine carrots and she wants to put them into three equal groups. How many carrots are in each group?

    Doing the word problem wasn't that difficult because I had great teachers to assist me.

    Can anyone solve the word problem that I made up above?


  2. Dear Jackson,

    I can solve that problem. Here is my work: 9 divided by 3 = 3 carrots.

    For my advice on Pixie, is not to put too many items on your page because you need to drag, paste, and make all of them the same size if you chose to change their size.

    This is my word problem:

    On school days I play with my dog three times a day. During weekends, I play with her five times each day. How many times in a week do I play with my dog?

    Can someone answer my problem?


    1. Dear Alexandra,

      I love your amazing problem!

      I think the answer is 3x5=15. Then 5x2=10. Then 15+10=25 times a week.

      I have an word problem:

      While I was in music class, I realized that there were 25 guitars in total. They were separated out into 5 equal groups. How many guitars were in each group?

      Can you answer my question?
      Is my answer correct?

      Your math loving friend,

  3. Dear Jules,

    Yes, that is the answer to my problem.

    Is this the right work for your word problem? 25 divided by 5 = 5.

    Do you like to make math problems? Is it easier for you to use multiplication or division? For me it is simple to include either one, but I try to make them a little tricky. It's so fun!

    Your friend that loves to create word problems,


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