This pack includes 31 addition and subtraction word problems designed for students to “Read-Along, Sketch and Solve.” The format is ideal for special education, intervention groups or guided math groups.
Each problem is presented in a full-page format to give students enough space to investigate multiple ways to solve the problem. The word “sketch” is intentionally used on all pages. Before students begin work, we often discuss how to represent objects using quick sketches as opposed to time-consuming detailed pictures.
These word problems are designed with the rigor of the Common Core in mind and support the following standards:
CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
(** These are beginning of the year first grade problems - working within groups of ten.**)
Each sheet includes:
A place for students to sketch the problem.
A ten frame for students to utilize. I encourage students to cross out items that are taken away as they work with the ten frame for subtraction.
A number path on which students show their work.
A space for an equation.
A space to fill the answer in.
Click on the preview to read why a number path is used instead of a number line.
As I introduce the first few problems with a group, we work through each section together and students complete each box on the sheet. Once students are familiar with the ways these sheets support their problem solving, I often have each student choose at least 2 ways to show and check their work. This allows each student to utilize the methods that are most efficient for him/her. I love to give students time to discuss why they chose certain methods to solve a problem!
Each sheet includes an extension/bonus question at the bottom. These question cans be used in a variety of ways.
Many parents want to help their child develop math concepts, but are not sure how. These bonus questions are perfect extension activities for students to discuss and complete at home with a family member. I love to see the extension work that students return! Many parents have commented that they appreciate the challenging nature of these questions.
When these word problems are used for whole-group instruction, it is common for some students to have completed tasks while others still need support. “Early finishers” can read-along with you as you introduce the bonus question, flip their paper over and work on this challenge question while you provide individual and/or small group instruction as needed. In this way, these bonus questions help teachers differentiate during group lessons.
Please note - This resource is included in the following bundle:
100 Addition & Subtraction Word Problems within Twenty
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for the clip art!