First Grade Word Problems Problem Solving Math Story Problems 1.OA.1

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How do you teach problem-solving in your classroom? Problem Solving: 1.OA.1 gives your students a lot of practice with ALL ELEVEN types of addition and subtraction word problems. Mega Math Practice-Problem-Solving 1.OA.1 is adaptable to different styles of learning. Mega Math Practice is now DIGITAL for use with Google Slides™. First-grade math students need daily problem-solving practice.

✨✨✨ A major part of the 1.OA.1 standard is understanding the different ways in which word problems may be presented. ✨✨✨

☝ These DIGITAL + PRINTABLE, easy-to-use first-grade Mega Math Practice activities are the perfect way to practice the standard.

☝ They are great for morning work, homework in the classroom, or for distance learning. Students need plenty of opportunities to work with all new math skills. The foundation that this practice provides is important for your students to master in order to understand higher-level math concepts.

✨There are eleven types of addition and subtraction problems in this unit.It includes both print and digital versions of all units--over 700 pages!!

Addition: Combining, Sum Unknown (65 pages)

Addition: Combining, Change Unknown (65 pages)

Addition: Combining, Start Unknown (65 pages)

Subtraction: Separating, Difference Unknown (65 pages)

Subtraction: Separating, Change Unknown ( pages)

Subtraction: Separating, Start Unknown (65 pages)

Part/Part/Whole: Whole Unknown (65 pages)

Part/Part/Whole: Part Unknown (65 pages)

Comparing: Difference Unknown (65 pages)

Comparing: Larger Part Unknown (65 pages)

Comparing: Smaller Part Unknown (65 pages)

All Types of problems include practice that includes:

Picture Models

Tell About the Picture

Write About the Picture

Draw a Picture

Using Counters

Use a Ten Frame

Use a Bar Model

Draw a Bar Model

Are your students ready for the challenges of the 21st century? Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are at the very heart of getting our kids ready to navigate the world of the 21st century. Teachers need to understand the ways in which students acquire number sense, and then lead them through developing a problem-solving process that will take them through to higher-level mathematics.

Mega Math Practice 1.OA.1 gives your students a lot of practice representing and solving problems. The standards 1.OA.1 & 1.OA.2 are all about learning the problem-solving process. Young mathematicians not only need to learn how to manipulate numbers through computation but also need to be able to understand that numbers represent something. For that reason, mathematical computation should always be taught in the context of real life problem-solving.

The days of teaching “word problems” or “story problems’ in isolation is over! Students need to gain a foundation of problem-solving in the context of learning new math skills. Even before students can read, problem-solving situations must be presented to learners.


Students also need many opportunities to work with different kinds of problems and different strategies to represent and solve those problems, including the use of manipulatives and model drawing.

In addition, hands-on practice should also be combined with the use of model drawing. The whole process of representing and solving problems in mathematics using a variety of strategies is imperative for your students to master so that they can understand higher-level math concepts.

Would you like more about the different types of word problems?

Bar Model Word Problem Types Addition and Subtraction

Each of the eleven sections contains more that 70 pages. All of these problems are a part of this MEGA MATH PRACTICE 1.OA.1 BUNDLE. This unit includes practice with all eleven types of problems using a variety of practice situations including using manipulatives, picture and model drawing and math writing. I use these pages during our “written math practice” rotation during math workshop/guided math time. These pages can also be used for early finishers or homework during the time that you teach the 1.OA.1 math strategy. Watch for more MEGA MATH PRACTICE units to come aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

This unit is aligned with the First Grade Common Core Math Standard 1.OA.1:

Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

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Mega Math Practice ALL STANDARDS plus Seasonal Units (53 UNITS),

MORE THAN 2,000 pages of Standards-Based Practice

More Mega Math Practice:

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten Bundle 1.NBT

Operations and Algebraic Thinking Bundle 1.OA

Operations and ALgebraic Thinking Word Problems 1.OA.1

Geometry Bundle 1.G

Measurement Bundle 1.MD

Check out the Mega Math Practice Seasonal Units here:

Mega Math Practice Back to School 1.NBT.2

Mega Math Practice Back to School 1.OA.4

Mega Math Practice Back to School 1.OA.3

Mega Math Practice Back to School FREE 1.NBT.2

Mega Math Practice Back to School FREE 1.NBT.4

Mega Math Practice Halloween 1.OA.1

Mega Math Practice Halloween 1.NBT.2

Mega Math Practice Thanksgiving 1.OA.5

Mega Math Practice Thanksgiving FREE 1.OA.5

Mega Math Practice Thanksgiving 1.OA.6A

Mega Math Practice Holiday 1.OA.1

Mega Math Practice Holiday 1.OA.5

Mega Math Practice Holiday FREE 1.OA.6A

Mega Math Practice Holiday 1.OA.6A

Mega Math Practice Winter 1.OA.3

Mega Math Practice New Year 1.OA.4

Mega Math Practice Valentine 1.OA.6

Mega Math Practice St. Patty 1.NBT.1

Mega Math Practice Spring 1.NBT.2

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


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