It's here! An AMAZING strategy to help your students understand and solve word problems. This is also a GREAT activity for Number Talks! Numberless word problems require students to process what the problem is and what is needed to solve it. Students will no longer absentmindedly add or subtract numbers they see, because there aren't any numbers there - at first, anyway.
You may be thinking, "How can a word problem be numberless?" Well, actually, it only begins that way. After students THINK about and PROCESS the problem, they are presented with snippets of needed information, a little at a time. By presenting a word problem in a numberless manner first, students are truly focusing on what the problem is asking.
I saw some frogs on a log. Some hopped away. How many frogs are on the log now?
When you present a math problem like this to students, they truly have to process what it is they need to know in order to answer the question. They have to THINK! Then, when needed information is revealed, they get excited and apply it to their problem solving process. The mathematical thinking that happens is amazing!
Student engagement and motivation is at its highest. We can't tell you how much this strategy has helped our students truly gain an understanding of word problems.
This resource includes:
* 330 Word Problems in total
* 165 Numberless Word Problems
* 165 Independent Practice Word Problems (each corresponds with a numberless word problem)
* Overview and Procedure Descriptions
*4 Posters depicting the 11 types of word problems
* Handy Page depicting all 11 Math Word Problem Types
There are three word problem zip files. One with addends and minuends 1 - 6, one with 6 - 10, and one with 10 - 20. The word problems in each set are similar so that you can easily differentiate your students' independent work (only the numbers have changed, the scenarios are the same). For example: You could choose one of wordless problems to engage with whole group, then, during independent work time, you could have three options to give to your students (sums/minuends 1 - 6, 6 - 10, and/or 10 - 20 -- differentiation at its best!).
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