This literacy center is used to reinforce reading strategies taught during math--locating keywords that tell you how to solve word problems! Once students learn how to do the center, they can work independently to solve different word problems during your literacy center time.
Math skills in this set include adding three addends, subtracting with and without regrouping, and multi-step problems (adding and subtracting within the same problem.)
Examples of keywords include "in all," "altogether," "how many," "combined," "how many more," and "fewer."
I use the center during my literacy block, but it could also be used as a math center.
I say it has a duration of two months because it can be used each week for 8 weeks. There are 8 different sets of word problems. The format is the same. Students who struggle with this skill will be able to rework the problems again after 8 weeks. They will be used to the format of the center, so this would be a good tool to use until they master identifying those keywords!
After having my students identify those keywords individually, their problem solving skills have improved dramatically!