Are you trying to gauge if your students truly understand the meaning of addition and subtraction? Can they select the correct operation when they read a word problem? Do they know clue words that will aid them along the way?
This activity will help your students practice their operational skills, as well as inform you on the status of their mastery. It provides an anchor chart with which you can review clue words often used in word problems.
In small groups, students will read different kinds of word problems, decide if they require addition or subtraction, and will sort them into the correct category on their work mats. As a whole group, you can review their ideas and discuss how to ensure you are using the correct operation before solving.
This tool can also be great for tutoring students needing practice on word problem work!
This packet includes the following:
2) Set-up and instructions for application
3) Clue words anchor chart (for teacher)
4) Work mats (for students)
5) Word problems sheet with basic adding to, taking from, putting together, and taking apart problems
6) Word problems sheet with adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparison word problems
Since different word problem sheets are offered, you can differentiate with this activity for higher and lower groups, OR you can use this at different points throughout the year, based on when you incorporate comparison problems.