• Printable Math Detectives Poster
-Full size and desk size
• Printable Clue Word Cards / Posters
• How-to’s and Suggestions for Use
Math Detectives is a fun way to help your students maneuver their way through complicated word problems!
First, the students find the important numbers in the problem. I have them highlight these numbers.
Then, they find the important clue words. These would be words like ‘more,’ ‘take away,’ ‘less,’ ‘added,’ etc. that tell them whether we are adding more or taking away. I also have them highlight these words.
The provided PRINTABLE CLUE WORD CARDS can be used in a pocket chart or in sorting games to demonstrate and provide practice in which words signify addition and which words signify subtraction. PRINTABLE POSTERS can be printed and posted in your room for reference.
Finally, the students have to determine, using these clues, if it is an addition or subtraction problem. I have them record either a + or a – on their paper.
The detective poster can be printed and posted in the classroom for reference at all times. I find it helpful to post the small versions of the poster on each child’s desk for reference whenever they need it. This helps them utilize the detective process every time, which is a VERY helpful habit to have as they enter higher grades with more complicated problems.
:) -- Living for Teaching