The complex story problem is a most worthwhile academic endeavor. Well written story problems mimic the multi-step activities that go into completing a real life task. And HELLO, there is no reason a complex story problem should not captivate with imagination and hilarity.
I build our complex story problems around a fictitious “Farmer Brown”. We have one story problem a night, and the answer usually requires 3 sets of computations. We consider the issues Farmer Brown faces as he plants crops, tends to his orchards, hosts a barn dance for the hired hands, sells sunflower seeds to the local bird sanctuary, buys new fencing, makes a thousand apple pies, purchases new bells for his cows, maintains his John Deeres, pays his bills, and the like.
I wish I had Farmer Brown story problems when I was in school.
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– Jane BH