Helping students understand various problem solving strategies is key when building their number sense as mathematicians. One of those problem solving strategies is using pictures to solve problems. Students will paste the math journal strip at the top of their page in their math journal. You can read it together as a class, small group, and/or individually based on your students' needs. Students will then use drawings of objects, pictures, etc. to solve the addition story problem. Then, students will write the equation that represents the story problem. Students are challenged to the next level; not just drawing pictures and orally saying answer, but actually representing the story problem with an equation as well!
These math journals are ENGAGING for students because it allows them to draw pictures that represent the story problem they are solving. These math journals were one of my students' favorites!
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