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Ever wish your students would read two step word problems multiple times to understand and solve the problem? This collection of 10 common core story structure mixed operation two step St. Patrick's Day word problems are on a graphic organizer that uses close reading strategies. The problems are holiday oriented but could easily be used one per day in March leading up to St. Patrick's Day. Research shows that solving one word problem per day is an effective way to develop strong problem solvers.
After four reads, students have said to me that this is the FIRST TIME they ever actually understood word problems and knew how to solve them! You also get a bonus blank graphic organizer that you could run through the poster maker or use with your document camera for instruction.
Students read the St. Patrick's Day word problem four different times with a different purpose each time to help understand the problem:
Read #1: Identify what the problem is about
Read #2: Identify the numbers in the problem and what they describe
Read #3: Create a model or drawing to represent the problem
Read #4: Write the equation that represents the problem.