My "Addition and Subtraction Comparing Word Problems" pages were created to help children practice their reading comprehension of math problems, using easy numbers so they can tell immediately if their answers make sense. (Often, children can do a page of addition or subtraction problems without hesitation, but can't figure out what to do with a word problem; their math computation skills are fine, but they are hindered by reading comprehension skills.)
This special Valentine's Day page can be used as reading, math, or homework. Once children understand how to read and think about these word problems, they are ready to move to "real second grade math problems" with 2- and 3-digit numbers (see my full packet for more pages!).
To solve story problems, children need to be able to:
• Determine/visualize the story/problem*
• Identify the question that needs to be answered*
• Figure out what to do with the numbers given*
• Do the math
• Explain what the answer means* ("4" doesn't answer the question: Students must determine if the answer is, "Jessa has 4 dogs," "Andrew has 4 dogs," "Jessa has 4 more dogs than Andrew," "Andrew has 4 more dogs than Jessa," or "Jessa and Andrew have 4 dogs altogether.")
*The "Addition and Subtraction Comparing Word Problems" worksheets address these skills!
There are five kinds of problems on each worksheet. Each type of problem appears twice. The answer key provided includes possible equations in case you choose to ask children to write an equation for each problem in addition to their sentence.
Enjoy this Valentine's Day freebie, then check out the whole packet - the link is in the freebie!