With my lower math class, I teach two math classes a day, they are struggling with word problems. They are having trouble figuring out whether to add or subtract. I did a lesson on Monday (BAD mistake to do this right after the weekend and first thing in the morning
) and the lesson did not go well. The students were getting frustrated and I was getting frustrated. We went over key words to look for. I have a poster in my room on this too. We underlined important information, etc. Is there anything FUN and/or ENGAGING that we can do? It just seems like a topic where there isn't a lot for you to do.
Note: I know a lot of teachers like to have students create their own word problems. I do not think we are at this point. We tried this and the ones they created were super easy. They just aren't at that level yet. I have two math groups, one is on grade level but high, the other group is on but rather low. The low group is what I am talking about.