This file includes 28 thematic, hands-on word problems for addition and subtraction story problems.
If your students find word problems tricky, these hands-on word problem mats may be just what they need. That trickiness will evaporate away! With these activities, students are able to cut out and manipulate pictures for a hands-on experience. Students use these pictures to illustrate the word problem, which aids math comprehension and understanding of addition/subtraction situations.
The four themes for May are butterflies, bees, beach balls, and flowers. Each theme includes seven word problems that address the adding/subtracting situations listed in the Common Core Standards for first graders. Those are: putting together, putting together 3 addends, adding to, adding to with 3 addends, taking apart, taking from, and comparing. That gives us a total of 28 word problems.
The best part? You can use these tomorrow. They are very low prep — just print and go.
This file is also available in a bundle!
You can find the Word Problems through the Year Bundle right here
, and get this file along with math mats for the entire school year.
Here’s a few more tidbits.
- I always allow my students to choose their own numbers and “write their own word problems.”
- These use black and white line art, so students can color their work. Coloring is serious business in first grade, of course.
- Use different word problems with different students to differentiate lessons.
Included are 28 thematic word problem mats with cut-out manipulatives.
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