Word problems often give young learners a hard time. I've put together the following activities for the teacher to differentiate and reinforce addition and subtraction word problems.
Concepts reviewed are basic addition and subtraction, missing addends, addition of three numbers, "how many more?" subtraction, and two-step word problems.
Sixteen "solve the room" questions cover addition, basic subtraction, missing addends, "how many more?", and two-step word problems. Four questions cover addition of two or three one-digit numbers. The next six questions cover simple subtraction. Three questions cover how many more. That's followed by one missing addend question, one two-step question, and one question for adding three numbers.
These questions are accompanied by recording sheets that ask students to draw pictures or use a ten frame to find the answers. The student then writes the number sentence for each question.
Twelve task cards cover the more difficult word problems: missing addend, two-step questions, and how many more. (There are no recording sheets for the task cards, which are in full color.)
Seven practice pages allow students to choose strategies to solve the word problems. The pages cover addition of two or three single-digit numbers (with sums of 20 or less), simple subtraction, missing addends, and how many more. (See the preview or the thumbnails for a sample.) Students are asked to explain what they did and write the number sentence for each page.
Notebook entries can be cut and pasted in a math notebook or a sheet of manila for students to show how they found each answer.