These color coded story problem mats are perfect for helping beginners visualize the question asked by a story problem. The blue circle represents the student, and it contains the number of muffins that he or she has (according to the story problem). The green circle represents the other child named in the story problem, and it contains the number of muffins that he or she has (according to the story problem). The red circle represents the total number of muffins that both children have. This circle is empty and children can either write in the number or use the included muffin shapes to count out the total number of muffins.
Each segment of the story problem is written in corresponding colors so that the students can visually see which parts of the sentence belong to which circles. For example “You have 1 muffin” is written in blue, so the student knows that he or she has one muffin, and can then see one muffin in the blue circle.
This set also includes mats that have empty blue, green, and red circles, along with muffin shapes that can be cut out, so that students can count out each part of the story problem. These could also be used for additional math practice, and the children could make up their own story problems. If you like this product please be sure to check out Story Problems for Beginners with sums up to 10