Within this product, you will find the second lesson I use to introduce word problems (I suggest completing the first lesson, "Introduction to Word Problems: What Are They and How Can We Make Sense of Them?”; however this can be done without that step).
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The word problems in this set are the same as those in the previous lesson set; the task required is different. I use the same word problems to help students understand how the purpose of the task remains the same, but it is a much more efficient strategy to use to make sense of a word problem (rather than writing out every sentence).
This lesson has three sections:
Section 1: “What’s A Word Problem?” – In this section you’ll find the materials you’ll need to review what a word problem is/is not. There are a few new examples/non-examples, with an extra blank page for you to write in your own example(s)/non-example(s) if necessary. “What is a Word Problem?” Poster and Checklist, along with vocabulary cards for Word Problem & Number Sentence are included from the previous lesson set.
Section 2: “What Do We Know About This Word Problem?” – In this section you’ll find the poster with sentence stems to help students tell what they know from the word problem, and what the word problem asks them to find out. You’ll also find three word problems (with pictures) and a situation equation task to complete as class practice.
Section 3: “What Do I Know About These Word Problems?” – In this section you’ll find 4 word problems, with pictures (the first word problem will be the same as the one completed during the class practice, to help provide a scaffolded release to independent practice). Like the class practice sheets, these word problem sheets also require students to complete a situation equation to show what the word problem tells them and what the word problem wants them to find out.
PLEASE NOTE: This lesson/activity does not require students to SOLVE the word problem; the purpose of this lesson is to get students talking and thinking about what they know from word problems, rather than setting up a norm of jumping straight to a solution (which often causes students to just add whichever two numbers together – we want to prevent students from developing that habit!) Learning strategies for making sense of a word problem before rushing to solve is SO important as students progress to more challenging word problems, such as those with missing addends or subtrahends.
Where to go from here? – Once students have spent time talking, thinking, and writing situation equations, we will soon use this strategy to help us make sense of missing addend word problems. For that lesson, please see our store or contact us.
However you use this ‘Making Sense of Word Problems Through Situation Equations’ lesson/activity set, I genuinely hope that you find these materials helpful in your students’ exploration of word problems!
This Product Download Includes:
Suggested Lesson Outline
Word problem definition/identification checklist
Word problem examples & non-examples for review
Vocabulary Cards: Word Problem, Number Sentence, & Situation Equation
Sentence Stems for task
3 Class Practice Word Problems (with pictures!)
1 teacher sample of situation equation task
4 Independent Practice Word Problems (with pictures!)
Happy teaching & happy learning.