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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