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CUBES Math Strategy Worksheets for Multi-Step Addition and Subtraction

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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49 pages
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You'll LOVE this step-by-step approach to solving multi-step addition and subtraction story problems promoting independence and confidence. Choose from the CUBES or CUBED story problem strategy. Students interact with the word problems as they are guided through the steps of the strategy. Leading questions help students succeed.


>>>EDITABLE<<< You'll receive one EDITABLE worksheet for CUBES and one editable worksheet for CUBED. The other worksheets with preprinted problems are not editable. This is a great way to differentiate for your students!

Please note: the 10 worksheets using CUBES are identical to the 10 worksheets using CUBED, except for the acronym of CUBES/CUBED.

Teach students to UNDERSTAND HOW to solve the multi-step problem by breaking them down into manageable steps. Teachers choose from CUBES or CUBED word problem strategies:

C - Circle the numbers

U - Underline the question

B - Box the keywords

E - Eliminate what you don’t need

S - Solve the problem

C - Circle the numbers

U - Underline the question

B - Box the keywords

E - Eliminate what you don’t need

D - Draw a picture

This packet aims to promote confidence and independence. Encourage your students to become active readers as they engage in the CUBES/CUBED activities.

You'll receive:

  • One EDITABLE worksheet for CUBES and one editable worksheet for CUBED so that you can make your own problems!
  • Directions for editing the editable worksheet
  • Ten worksheets & answer keys for the CUBES strategy
  • CUBES strategy poster
  • CUBES Mini-posters - small student-sized pocket posters
  • Ten worksheets & answer keys for the CUBED strategy
  • CUBED strategy poster
  • CUBED Mini-posters - small student-sized pocket posters

How to Use this Packet:

The addition and subtraction problems in this packet were developed to be fairly simple for students to solve independently in order to lead to confidence and independence.

I like to use each page as either an in-class assignment, as part of a math center for guided math or as a homework page. The pages do not all need to be completed on consecutive days. They could also be used as a review to spiral back to skills previously taught.

One EDITABLE worksheet for CUBES and one editable worksheet with CUBED are included. You must have PowerPoint in order to edit this resource!

Please be sure you can open a zip file prior to purchasing this resource.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.


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