Problem solving needs to begin with concrete manipulatives. Students need to kinesthetically “put together” and “take apart” concrete manipulatives to conceptually understand addition and subtraction. Students need concrete objects to use while solving these problems. I suggest using unifix or snap cubes before drawing a picture. (Concrete always before pictorial)
In this product, students will add combinations to 10. I have also posted a product for subtraction that is a perfect companion to this product! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Subtraction-Word-Problems-with-Numbers-up-to-10-2456176
This product contains 10 addition word problems, each in multiple formats:
***One format contains the word problem, an area for drawing a picture, drawing of snap cubes to color the cubes, a ten-frame, a blank equation statement, and a solution sentence for recording the answer.
***A second format contains the word problem, an area for drawing a picture, the blank equation statement, and a solution sentence for recording the answer.
***The third format is composed of interactive notebook components ~~ a page with 5 – 6 copies of the word problem in strips for each of the 10 word problems, a page of snap cubes, a page of rectangles for drawing a picture, a page of ten frames, and a page of number lines, 0 – 10.
Learning how to problem solve with flexibility and fluency requires the use of concrete materials, along with multiple representations. You will find this product to be very useful in your classroom.
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