Reading for Math pages are a complete reading/writing/math task!
These "Reading for Math" pages were created to help children practice their reading comprehension of math problems, using easy numbers so they can tell immediately if their answers make sense. These pages can be used as reading, math, or homework assignments. Once children understand how to read and think about these word problems, they are ready to move to "real second grade math problems" with 2- and 3-digit numbers. (When your children are ready for those, try my product: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Story-Problems-Two-digit-Addition-and-Subtraction-615563)!
To solve story problems, children need to be able to:
• Determine/visualize the story/problem*
• Identify the question that needs to be answered*
• Figure out what to do with the numbers given*
• Do the math
• Explain what the answer means* ("8" doesn't answer the question: Students must determine if the answer is, "Lisa has 4 cookies," "Caleb has 4 cookies," "Lisa has 4 more cookies than Caleb," "Caleb has 4 more cookies than Lisa," or "Lisa and Caleb have 4 cookies altogether.")
*The "Reading for Math" worksheets address these skills
and provide lots of opportunity for practice!
"Reading for Math" uses the eleven types of addition and subtraction problems defined by Cognitively Guided Instruction.
The answer keys provided include possible equations in case you choose to ask children to write an equation for each problem in addition to their sentence. (In addition to writing their answer in a complete sentence, I like to have my children write an equation and draw a picture or model in the space provided.) Children need lots of practice to become skilled at reading and solving word problems – with these pages, you have plenty of practice opportunities ready to go!
I created these Reading for Math pages because I needed them in my own classroom. Last year, I made another set of Reading for Math pages (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-for-Math-Reading-Comprehension-of-Math-WordStory-Problems-472103) that were all compare problems because my kids really didn't understand compare problems. Those Reading for Math pages were a huge help: when we got to two-digit compare word problems, my students knew exactly what to do.
As the year went on, I realized that I wanted to create another set that included all the different types of word problems – a prequel to the original set of compare problems, as it were. Thus this Reading for Math: Building Comprehension of Story Problems packet was born. I now use both packets interchangeably and simultaneously in my classroom, sometimes at math time, sometimes as a reading assignment, sometimes as homework. I hope you find them useful, too!
The ten worksheets can be used in any order.
Happy Teaching! :) Amanda