Problems without Numbers

Problems without Numbers
Problems without Numbers
Problems without Numbers
Problems without Numbers
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In this activity designed for pairs, students start to develop comfort with word problems by first discussing the operations implied by numberless word problems.

Have students start by using words such as "some", "a few", "some more", etc to fill in the blanks in the problems. Discuss how they know what operation(s) is/are described in the problems.

Once students feel confident in the operations needed for each world problem, have them fill in their own number values in the blanks, then write an expression or math statement to solve the problem, and find solutions.

Discuss strategies used to fill in the number blanks and issues that may arise to deepen understanding.

You can print the cards on cardstock and laminate using 5 ml pouches and they are really nice and thick. Then use dry erase pens to have them write on the cards. Or you can just print the cards on regular paper every time you want to use them in a station.

Problems cover all 4 operations with some 1-step and some 2-step. Designed for grades 2 - 4 and students can use any types of numbers or size as desired or specified.

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All materials are copyright protected and are fully owned by Integral Mathematics, Inc. The materials purchased herein are for use by one individual teacher, for use in his/her classroom only. The materials may be reproduced as many times as needed for your own students and use in your own classroom, but may not be shared, in print or electronic form, with another teacher without the purchase of additional licenses. Products may not be posted on teacher and/or district websites, or on network drives allowing shared access to the product by other individuals. The license for this purchase is NON-TRANSFERABLE.


With the purchase of this file, you understand that this file is not editable in any way. You will not be able to manipulate the lessons and/or activities inside to change the numbers and/or words.

© Copyright 2019 Kelli D. Mallory, Ed.D., Integral Mathematics, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Special Note:

If you see any mistakes, first of all I apologize. But please contact me so I can make any corrections to the file and get you the updated file ASAP. I am unfortunately human and flawed but I'm happy to fix it fast!

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