What's the Problem-Valentine Edition

It's time to talk word problems again!  Today, I'm sharing the February installment of my "What's the Problem?" mini book.  These mini books give students practice with writing their own addition and subtraction word problems. 

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). 

When working on this skill, 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:

Taylor made 12 pink cards.  Then, she made 2 green cards.  How many cards did Taylor make in all?

"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. 

Be sure to grab your free copy of this month's edition!  Click here.

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

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  1. You sure have been busy!! Thanks for the freebie!


  2. I am your biggest fan of these! Since we loved your winter ones so much, I made some more to put on display for our conferences, only I let their partner choose the answer first. Lots of teamwork AND provided some extra math practice! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is such a great idea! I love giving my students work that makes them think creatively. Thanks for the freebie!

    Savvy in Second


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