Saturday, January 5, 2013

What's the Problem? {January}

Raise your hand if you like to give your students lots of practice with word problems.  My hand is raised!  If you're looking for a little change from the norm, then read on to learn about my monthly "What's the Problem?" mini books.

These little books are a great way to practice writing addition and subtraction word problems.  The students are tasked with creating a story (word)  problem for a given answer.  They have to use a different kind of thinking to do this, and they have to use the correct vocabulary terms as they write their problems (i.e. "how many more?"  "how many in all?" and so on).


My students are taught to write three sentences.  The first two sentences pose the problem, and the third asks the question. I also tell my students that they need to use the problem label throughout their story.

 For example:

Timmy made 20 snowballs.  He threw 5 of them at his brother.  How many snowballs does Timmy have left?


What's the Problem? is a great way to get students thinking about math from another angle and encourages them to use math vocabulary appropriately.  When your students are ready, they could write two step story problems. You could also have students draw a model for their word problem in the space at the bottom of each page. 

You can grab this freebie by clicking {here}. 

Enjoy your freebie!!

Also, you can find my other "What's the Problem?" mini books here. 

Toodles!
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11 comments:

  1. Love your What's the Problem freebies.
    When I link a picture I just click on the picture in my post, then I click on the link tab and input the URL to direct/link to and click save.

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    1. Thank you! I tried your tip and it worked! Thank you for the advice!!

      Aimee

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  2. Love your new freebie. I think the clip art is precious.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I LOVE these...and have all the ones you've made so far. Hopefully, you like making them as much as I love using them (hint, hint!)! THanks for sharing!

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    1. You make me laugh! I totally got your hint and you'll be happy to know that I plan on doing one each month until the end of the school year. My students love them!!

      Thank you for the kind words and support!

      Aimee

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  4. I love your little problem solving booklets! Thank you for sharing!

    Teaching Joys

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    1. You are welcome! I'm glad you like them!!

      Aimee

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  5. I adore What's the Problem freebies! Perfect for fast finishers! Thank you SO much!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  6. Oh, I like these! Thanks for sharing!
    Sara

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  7. Will you be doing a February version of What's the Problem? I used your Winter version recently and loved the results from my class.

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I'd love to hear what you have to say!