This set of problems has provided me with a fun and engaging way to get my first and second graders the extra practice they need with solving problems. In this set of 12 problems, you will see a wide range of difficulty. I feel that most programs provide plenty of practice with addition number stories so I have limited the number of those found in this set. What you will find is tons of practice with different “subtraction” problems. Ones that ask questions such as how many more or how many fewer. There are also several problems that tell the total and one part and ask kids to find the other part (missing addend). To challenge students who have mastered these skills and to extend their thinking there are also several problems that kids can solve concretely, but that expose them to situations involving multiplication and division.
Each problem is presented in 2 formats. One format is a whole page illustration with the problem written on it. I use these when solving problems with the entire class. Each problem also includes a student work page that allows students to work independently. These are great for extra practice or assessing what students can do on their own. Included in the student pages are 2 pages where students have to write their own problems. This can often tell me the most about what students can do and it takes it to the next level of understanding.
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