# Solving Subtraction Word Problems by Drawing It Efficiently and Crossing Off

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LESSON/ACTIVITY SET!

Within this product, you will find a lesson I use to teach students to use their previously learned strategy of drawing efficient pictures to help solve a word problem, by drawing that efficient picture, and then crossing off.

In this lesson, students will only work with subtraction word problems (Separate-Result-Unknown)

Before teaching this lesson, I first introduce word problems:
Introduction to Word Problems: What Are They and How Can We Make Sense of Them? https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Introduction-to-Word-Problems-What-Are-They-and-How-Can-We-Make-Sense-of-Them-3555680

Second, I teach a strategy for making sense of the word problem before solving (writing a situation equation):
Making Sense of Word Problems Through Situation Equations
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Making-Sense-of-Word-Problems-Through-Situation-Equations-3556703

Then, I teach students the strategy of making their drawings efficient when they show how to solve addition word problems:
Solving Addition Word Problems by Drawing It Efficiently: Lesson/Activity

This lesson, however, can be done without those steps, with a few minor adjustments. If you prefer to skip these lessons, an example of a ‘situation equation’ along with a ‘situation equation’ vocabulary card and an ‘efficient drawing’ vocabulary card can be found in this product so that you can include this work in today’s teaching as you see fit.

Suggested Lesson Outline
Vocabulary Cards: Situation Equation, Efficient, Efficient Drawing
1 teacher sample of how to do a situation equation task
Sentence Stems Poster for task (free 11x17 version available on our store)
3 Class Practice Word Problems (with pictures!)
4 Independent Practice Word Problems (with pictures!)

Where to go from here? – After these initial word problem lessons, I give lots of opportunities for practice. As students discover new strategies for addition and subtraction, we start to integrate those into word problem solving. Later in the year, students learn to solve word problems with missing addends.

However you use this ‘Solving Subtraction Word Problems by Drawing It Efficiently and Crossing Off’ lesson/activity set, I genuinely hope that you find these materials helpful in your students’ exploration of word problems!

Happy teaching & happy learning.

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22 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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