Help children practice their reading comprehension of comparison math problems, using easy numbers so they can tell immediately if their answers make sense. How often have we seen children do a page of addition or subtraction problems without hesitation, but get stumped by a word problem? Their math computation skills are fine, but they are hindered by reading comprehension skills. Word problems are tricky for most students, and comparing
problems are the hardest of all. As a second grade teacher, I know my students need lots of practice with all types of word problems (so I’ve written a lot of them over the years!) but especially with comparing problems. These practice pages will help your students focus on comparing.
These pages can be used as reading, math, or homework. The math computation is easy
(all sums/differences are within 10) because each problem requires students to read and to think carefully before solving.
To solve story problems, children need to be able to:
• Determine/visualize the story/problem*
• Identify the question that needs to be answered*
• Figure out what to do with the numbers given*
• Do the math
• Explain what the answer means* ("4" doesn't answer the question: Students must determine if the answer is, "Jessa has 4 dogs," "Andrew has 4 dogs," "Jessa has 4 more dogs than Andrew," "Andrew has 4 more dogs than Jessa," or "Jessa and Andrew have 4 dogs altogether.")
*The “Addition and Subtraction Comparing Word Problems" pages address these skills!
There are five kinds of problems on each practice page.
Each type of problem appears twice (once in problems 1-5, again in problems 6-10). There are two formats for each page:
• The single-sided pages
have all ten problems on one side, with no space for showing work. They are great if you need to save paper, if most of your students can do the math mentally, or if you’ve already used several of these pages and your students know what to do.
• The double-sided pages
have the same ten problems, but with only five on each side and space to solve/show beside each problem.
The answer keys provided include possible equations in case you choose to ask children to write an equation for each problem in addition to their sentence.
The pages can be used in any order.
You might also like these word problem
Reading for Math: Building Comprehension of Story Problems (word problems with sums and differences within 20) Math Story Problems: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction (word problems within 100) Choose Your Math: Two Step Word Problems (students can choose whether to use simple or complex numbers for each problem)