This set of 20 "algebra thinking" word problems reflect the Common Core and other State Standards for grades 2 and 3. Problems ask students to decide whether or not to add or subtract and have the "missing number" in various places in the problem. (Ex. 45 + __ = 74) Problems are included in THREE formats:
with multiple copies on a page to be cut out and glued into a math journal
on reproducible pages to use as practice sheets (2 problems per page)
and on full sheet pages that give work space for one problem, a place for students to write matching equations, and a lined area for students to explain their work—an important part of the CCSS!.
Answers are included as is are three rubrics to use to help in scoring the Standards for Mathematical Practice!
The 20 problems included require students to use addition and subtraction strategies to solve real world problems. These problems are geared for students in grades 2 and 3 and stress addition and subtraction with regrouping; they are perfect for older students who need problem solving practice with smaller numbers.
Why did I write these?
Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything!
For that reason, I try hard to sprinkle in a variety of problems all year that require students to think and apply what they have learned—perhaps draw a picture or make a table to help . . . but, most importantly, to THINK about math. I hope you find these useful!
I hope you find uses for all three versions of the problems…perhaps using a page or two from each as you see fit. You can use this to teach a mini unit on multi-step problems or simply use them throughout the year to improve problem solving!
Watch for a more challenging set in this format for grades 3-4 and 4-5.
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