You can't teach math without word problems! I LOVE word problems. I love the critical thinking part of it, the real-world application, and I TRULY believe it's what helps us become higher-level thinkers and critical thinkers--things our students absolutely need. Word problems relate math to the real world and allow children to see math all around them. And...of course..with all of the rigor increasing on standardized tests, students need tons of practice and CONSISTENT practice with word problems. They are the key to helping students succeed in math.
This resource includes 10 word problems (two weeks) for you to use during the FIRST TWO WEEK of school. They are 2nd grade review problems so that the students can begin to learn the routine of the daily word problems and begin to feel successful & confident about the beginning of 3rd grade!
They are to be used daily either as morning work or prior to your math lesson as a math warm-up, or for the Math Journal rotation during Guided Math
You could also use them in small groups or with a parent volunteer.
The word problems in this resource are available in three different formats. Each format includes the Day of the Week at the top OR Problem Number in case you don’t want to use them in accordance to the days of the week, and would rather mix and match to create a word problem curriculum that works for you.
1. Daily Slides: The slides format can be displayed on your smartboard or projected on your whiteboard or screen. There is a number and letter in the corner of the slides that matches up with the trifold and word problem strips. This helps you find the correlating problem.
2. Strips for Math Journal: You can have your students glue the pre-cut word problem strips into their math journal, then show their work and mathematical thinking there.
3. Tri-fold Printables: You can have your students use the tri-folds daily. I really like this format because it includes the space for the students to show their work AND write their answer in a complete sentence (I think this part is super valuable because it serves as a way for the students to see if their answer makes sense).
My word problems are always correlated with the standard being taught at the time. This allows for the students to apply their learning to a higher level activity AND get that consistent practice. For example, when doing a unit on three and four digit addition, the word problems will also be on three and four digit addition. This is why this skill based resource was created!
Be on the lookout for a set for each of the 3rd grade standards!
You can grab Unit 2, the Place Value Set HERE
I hope you enjoy these! I would appreciate any positive feedback below!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.