I love word problems! I believe they are so great at getting the wheels turning in little minds. Then I had an Aha moment of how can I make their little minds think even more-critical thinking! Math Story Starters-how cute is that! We have them for language/reading activities why not math. The students create story/word problems from the picture provided and they can add to the picture as well by drawing. Then they write the key words they used and write the number sentence to solve the problem. I also included a graphic organizer to enlarge or use on your over-head (everyone is not as blessed to have SMARTBoards) essential questions and a blank copy to really get it going. It is really fun to see all of the amazing math stories they come up with and solve. Teachers can work on addition problems for a day or a week then take the same activity and ask students, “How can we make this a subtraction story/word problem?” This activity is a great resource for introducing story/word problems, whole class, independent, small groups, morning work, homework as well as ELLs because of the pictures and easy to read language.
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