These addition and subtraction word problems are a great way to develop higher order thinking skills while working on the Common Core Standard (MCCK.OA.2). Instead of solving word problems, the students will be coming up with different equations. For example, if the answer to the problem is 9 the students could write 5+4=9 or 10-1=9. These types of problems will build number sense while encouraging students to develop their higher order thinking skills. I have differentiated these word problems by including 2 different recording sheets. Some recording sheets only have 2 boxes and some have 4 boxes, this way you can allow your higher students to come up with multiple addition and subtraction equations for each problem. I hope you find this product useful in your classroom.
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