Packet of 20 word problems to encourage problem-solving in 1st grade students. Students must make sense of the problem, write a matching equation with an unknown in the proper place, show clear work, and correctly answer the problem.
This includes a variety of change, compare, and group problems with different levels of scaffolding. Each problem type includes a teacher "cheat sheet" with an example, common language, and tips for teaching the problem type. I know I struggled keeping it all straight my first few years of teaching!
These can be used as an assessment, small/whole group teaching tool, independent practice, or partner work.
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I use these anchor charts
to teach the different problem types and keep both me and my students organized. Broken down, there are a LOT of ways to think of "simple" addition and subtraction equations, and a focus in early math should be visualizing the problem before solving it.
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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