I also have a packet of Monthly Warm-Ups, a new series I am creating. This first one has a month’s worth of story problems that can be solved with addition and subtraction and includes a space for students to draw a picture of their work. I have used a lot of common sight words so the readability is easy and the math is the actual focus. Words that are NOT sight words or may be more difficult have a simple picture above them the first time they are mentioned on the page. The pack includes differentiated problems as well. Each story problem has an “easier” set of numbers (indicated by 1 dot on the bottom of the page) and a “harder” set of numbers (2 dots on the bottom of the page). The actual story problem is the same, so the pages do not look that different from each other. An answer sheet is included and also shows which function (addition or subtraction) is used on which page. You can use them in any order, so this page may help you decide which problem you want students to work on each day.
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This week, we will be discussing problem solving strategies, specifically drawing pictures. I think this strategy is SOOO important, especially at a young age! We teach visualizing or making a mental picture when we teach reading. Isn t problem solving reading too? For many students, it is the reading they get stuck on before they even get to a math strategy! By having them draw a picture, we can not only see their work, but we can also see if they are understanding what the question is actually asking. Having said all of this, I also want to say that it CANNOT be the only strategy that we teach! As kids get older and the problems get tougher, drawing exact pictures become tedious and sometimes is just not helpful. I will be discussing more strategies in upcoming Math Madness Wednesday posts, but I do think this is the strategy to begin with to make sure students are reading the problem correctly.
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