Research shows that students increase their problem solving ability when they do fewer problems with an emphasis on talking about the strategies they used to solve.
When we are focusing on combinations to make a number, I use these word problems to give context to the idea of combinations. We read the problem together on the rug, complete the part-part whole box, talk about the known total and then students have time to work alone or together to come up with possible solutions. I then show students how many possible combinations there are and we work as a group to find them all.
This freebie is a preview of my full Word Problem of the Day: Focus on Combinations packet. The paid product includes 4 additional word problems that represent each of the totals up to 10. They include a greater variety in clip art and scenarios. ***Check back tomorrow, 9/12 to download the expanded, paid product.***