Show your work! These posters remind students how to answer a word problem completely -- showing an equation, their thinking and a clear answer. They align with CCSS 1.OA.1, which requires students to represent & solve equations, using a symbol for the unknown part.
The product includes 4 posters in two different styles -- bright polka dots and teal & green quatrefoil.
I enlarged these posters and keep them in a visible spot in the classroom to remind my students how to record their thinking in word problems. This simple visual keeps them on track and helps make their answers clear!
I also introduce them by showing them as a presentation on the Smartboard and talking through each component. I use them along with these problem type anchor charts
as we explore and solve various word problems.
See the preview for a closer look at these posters. If your school does not have a poster maker, often you can get cheap enlargements at a copy store. Ask about "engineer prints" in color. They are affordable and print on thin but durable paper, perfect for laminating.
Click here for my "Strategy Shark" packet, which introduces addition and subtraction strategies and relevant math vocabulary.
Do you use guided math in your classroom? Click here for a set of math mats that can make math groups and independent practice easy to prepare while giving students a way to organize their thinking.
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