This template allows beginning Spanish students to use common vocabulary to create an original addition or subtraction word problem. Students fill in the blanks based on the hints blow the line. This part is like completing a Mad Lib activity, as students choose a word from a specific category, like things, numbers and places.
Once the blanks are filled in, students should solve their problem by writing out the math equations and competing the problem. If you’re interested in having them spell out number in Spanish, you can also ask them to write the word for the correct answer.
I have had great success collecting the problems and doing a daily word problem as a warm-up before class. You could do this by projecting the problem on the board as morning work, or by reading the problem aloud (several times) for students to solve in their head. I’ve also had a volunteer go to the board to write the numerical equation as the problem is being read, then choosing another students to solve it.
This is an excellent way to review math skills and Spanish vocabulary in a fun, interdisciplinary, and immersion-based way.
Note: The full page contains two templates, so you can assign each student to make one addition and one subtraction problem, or you can cut them in half to assign only one problem each.