This file includes 28 thematic, hands-on word problems for addition and subtraction story problems.
If your students find word problems tricky, these word problem mats may be just what they need. That trickiness will evaporate away! With these activities, students are able to cut out and manipulate pictures for a hands-on experience. Students use these pictures to illustrate the word problem, which aids math comprehension and understanding of addition/subtraction situations.
The four themes for December are candy canes, ornaments, gifts, and stockings. Each theme includes seven word problems that address the adding/subtracting situations listed in the Common Core Standards for first graders. Those are: putting together, putting together 3 addends, adding to, adding to with 3 addends, taking apart, taking from, and comparing. That gives us a total of 28 word problem mats.
The best part? You can use these tomorrow. They are very low prep — just print and go.
PSST! This file is also available in a bundle!
You can find the Word Problems through the Year Bundle right here
Here’s a few more tidbits.
- I always allow my students to choose their own numbers and “write their own word problems.”
- These use black and white line art, so students can color their work. Coloring is serious business in first grade, of course.
- Use different word problems with different students to differentiate lessons.
Included are 28 thematic word problem mats with cut-out manipulatives.
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