This printer friendly black and white packet includes a Common Core math word problem of the day for 30 weeks (120 total word problems). These word problems can be used for many activities but are designed as a Problem of the Day (POTD).
How does it work?
Students will cut out the word problems on Monday and glue them on a page in a math journal. Each day, they will have to solve one problem and write a paragraph explaining what strategies they used and the steps they took to reach a solution.
How is this beneficial?
Research shows that students often do not make sense of word problems. Instead, to come up with an answer, they just apply the most recent algorithm taught, chose operations based on the types of numbers involved, or apply other approaches that do not require sense making. Having students analyze the problems and explain their thinking requires them to think more carefully about what the problem is asking and how they can come up with a solution.
Requiring students to write during math is a win-win for both teacher and student. Although it may be difficult to introduce this practice, it is well worth the effort. I have noticed tremendous growth in my students’ problem-solving and writing skills through this simple POTD (Problem of the Day) practice.
What types of problems are included?
Place Value (4 weeks, 16 word problems)
Example: Nicole has a big bag of buttons. When she counts, she has 4 stacks of ten buttons, 3 stacks of one hundred buttons, and 2 single buttons left over. How many buttons does she have?
Addition/Subtraction without Regrouping (10 weeks, 40 problems)
Example: Abril counted 194 ants on the ant hill. Some of the ants left to get crumbs and now there are 121 ants on the ant hill. How many ants left to get crumbs?
Addition/Subtraction with Regrouping (8 weeks, 32 problems)
Example: Demiya saw 50 butterflies at the park. Then 16 of them flew away. A few minutes later 8 came back. How many butterflies are in the park now?
Counting Money (6 weeks, 24 problems)
Example: Esther has 56 cents in her piggy bank. What are 4 different combinations of coins she could have in her piggy bank?
Measurement (2 weeks, 8 problems)
Example: Kimberly’s dog is 30 centimeters long. Jessica’s dog is 12 inches long. Whose dog is longer?