Your students will love how simple the learning truly is, even though this is a very complicated mathematical practice idea! These mathematical graphic organizers help students make sense of word problems with addition and subtraction.
Page 1: Cover Page
Pages 2-3: Examples
Page 4: Graphic Organizer for Part Part Whole
Addition and Subtraction word problem structures. These word problems typically involve a joining or subtracting action. Equation included.
Page 5: Graphic Organizer for Part Part Part Whole
Addition and Subtraction word problem structures. These word problems typically involve and joining or subtracting action. These types of word problems are similar to the above problem structure. However, they include more parts and thus are slightly more complicated and have more possible equations to solve the word problem.
Page 6. Graphic Organizer for Compare
word problem structures. These word problems typically have no action and are far more complicated than the other two word problem structures.
Pages 7-9: Graphic Organizers are resized to fit 4 per page.
Pages 10-15: Differentiated with no text, only has Graphic Organizer Boxes for students who are ready.
Page 16: Thank you!
I am using these in my 5th grade classroom where students are working on adding and subtracting fractions within word problems. Students first decide if the structure should be Part-Part-Whole or Compare and choose the correct graphic organizer. Then they FILL IN and LABEL the parts of the specific graphic organizer that they are given from the word problem. This will help students make sense of the word problem they are trying to solve. Then they can determine which equation would best help them solve the word problem. We use fractions in 5th grade but these graphic organizers can be used with any grade level to help children make sense of word problems that have fractions, decimals, or whole numbers. These have really helped my students learn to solve the Engage NY word problems, including the application problems for each lesson.
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