Use these May Math Tune-Ups to reinforce problem solving, number sense, and addition and subtraction skills. Each page features a story problem, an addition/subtraction strategy section, and a number sense review. They include Cinco de Mayo, spring, Memorial Day, and a few random May holidays sprinkled in.
The word problem types focus on compare, change unknown, and addend unknown problems. This month, they also feature simple word problems involving 2-digit numbers to align with 1.NBT.4
Common Core requires first grade students to solve a variety of problem types. Practicing various types daily prepares students to visualize the specific problem and develop a strategy to effectively solve it.
Numbers to 120 are featured. Students complete more advanced tasks than in previous units, such as solving number riddles, adding and subtracting groups of 10, comparing multiple representations of a number, etc...
Addition and subtraction strategies covered include:
• Number Bonds
• Adding 3 Numbers
• Composing Numbers (ways to make 13, 12, etc...)
• Using doubles facts and half facts in equations
• Missing Addends & Subtrahends
• True/False Equations
*This packet is a step more difficult than the April packet, but is intended to help students build fluency with known skills while encouraging critical thinking.*
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The worksheets aren't made for busywork! They can be a gateway to great math discussions when balanced with hands-on activities. I often select numbers in word problems and number sense activities to provoke discussions and challenge students' thinking. When my students read a problem and say "that's easy," it's exciting to discuss what made it easy. Likewise, when they say something's too hard, it's fun to break the task down into understandable parts. These tune-ups have helped me balance reviewing basic skills while prompting critical thinking with my students. I hope they are useful to you, as well!
These are a part of my daily math rotation, but can also be used for homework, assessment, independent practice, or small group math. Sometimes we solve one together to discuss different strategies as we go.
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