Students often dislike math word problems... But, they do not have to!
With practice, students will see that math stories – word problems – are simply that… a story. They will find that math stories relate to practical issues in the workplace and society.
They will learn to formulate a plan and make models (first with manipulatives & they can transfer this model to the paper in this packet).
They will learn to communicate math ideas using graphs, diagrams, and spoken language (especially in K and first grade).
Communicating these math ideas can be done if you model math vocabulary regularly!
And then, allow them to display their work and explain their ideas by justifying their approach to their peers!
These word problems will help your students to begin this process.
These sheets are best used with manipulatives in either a whole group or small group setting. I start the year working these out (MODELING- and students CATCH ON QUICK!!!)
Have manipulatives for your students. Either you can choose the manipulatives or allow your students free choice – I do both – depending on my objective for the day.
Allow students time to work out these math problems before working them out with your students or calling on a student! BIG DEAL HERE! Students need time to process and time to work out the problem.
Then ask your students to watch other students work out their math stories (word problems) while other students watch.
DO THEY AGREE? DISAGREE? WAS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO WORK IT OUT? Allow students to justify their way of working out the math problem or math story – I call them math stories.
Here is a bit more about how this packet. Numbers 1-20 are addressed. Composing and decomposing of numbers. More and less is addressed. Addition and subtraction is addressed.
Just have fun teaching math stories, or math word problems! This cute packet will help teach math word problems to your kiddos. Get out the manipulatives and play!