Choosing the correct operation when solving a word problem is a struggle for many students. I created word problem sorts to help students focus on the operation needed. When completing the sort they have to slow down and make a decision before solving.
In this activity students must distinguish between division word problems and multiplication word problems. Students create a T chart with division on one side and multiplication on the other side. Students cut out each word problem and glue it on the correct side of their T chart. Then they write an equation and solution to the problem. You can have students make these into posters on construction paper or put them in interactive notebooks.
This free product is a sample of my "Multiply or Divide?" word problem sort containing 7 additional sorts. Purchase the full product here
• Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
• Interpret products and quotients of whole numbers.
• Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems.
What Teachers are Saying:
Thank you for the practice. Students often have a difficult time when you begin mixing operations! - Pamela H.
• I love how this makes students really think! Thank you for sharing your work! - Cheri H.
• Thanks so much! This is seriously cool! I will use in our intensive needs unit. - Kathleen F.
Full version of 8 differentiated sorts:
• Multiply or Divide - Differentiated Word Problem Sorts
• Add or Multiply? Word Problem Sort Free Sample
• Add or Subtract? Word Problem Sort Free Sample
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