When a photographer arrives at a scene to take pictures, they carefully examine all of their surroundings. What is the lighting? Where is the subject? Is the background important? Are there things that will interfere with the picture? Many students encounter word problems and zoom in to key words or specific numbers. When they do this, they often fail to see all of the other important pieces and thinking that is essential to solving the word problem. They are missing the bigger picture!
Students can improve their understanding of the structure of word problems when the numbers are removed. A teacher can carefully layer the pieces of information that the child will receive. By doing this, it forces the students to think bigger and broader instead of being “number pluckers” who simply hunt for the numbers in the word problem. They also become more comfortable with the thinking process,
rather than just being solution-oriented.
Includes a detailed description of how to use the product.
Student worksheets also included! Answer keys, too!
There are 10 sets of colorful slides that reveal the clues and question in a gradual order. Word problems use thinking for addition and subtraction. Numbers were kept pretty easy to help the focus be on the context of the word problem, and students weren’t being challenged by the mathematical algorithm.
I have also included some blank slides as templates so that you can create your own word problems to match the number difficulty level that is appropriate for your students.