Problem solving needs to begin with concrete manipulatives. Students need to kinesthetically "put together" and "take apart" concrete manipulatives to conceptually understand addition and subtraction. Students need concrete objects to use while solving these problems. I suggest using unifix or snap cubes with each problem. (Concrete before pictorial always)
In this product, students will subtract with numbers up to 10. This is a perfect companion to my product, Addition Word Problems, which can be found in my store at www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Math-With-Mimi.
This product contains 10 subtraction problems, each in multiple formats:
***One format contains the word problem, an area for drawing a picture, drawing of snap cubes to color the cubes, a ten-frame, a blank equation statement, and a solution sentence for recording the answer.
***A second format contains the word problems, an area for drawing a picture, the blank equation statement, and a solution sentence for recording the answer.
***The third format is composed of interactive notebook components~~a page with 5/6 copies of the word problems in strips for each of the 10 word problems, a page of snap cubes, a page of rectangles for drawing a picture, a page of ten-frames, and a page of number lines, 0-10.
Learning how to problem solve with flexibility and fluency requires the use of concrete materials, along with multiple representations.
I hope you will find this product to be very useful in your classroom! Please remember to leave feedback ~~ your feedback is greatly appreciated!!!!!
Math with Mimi