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 TxTeacher1974 Joined: Nov 2009 Posts: 52 Junior Member
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07-08-2010, 12:41 PM
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I am putting together a unit on addition and subtraction (actually using addition and subtraction to solve meaningful word problems). I have tried many methods before, but I need fresh ideas. Does anyone have great lessons to go with this skill?

 BetteRocker Joined: Dec 2009 Posts: 68 Junior Member
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math center
07-08-2010, 02:43 PM
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This may sound silly but I love the word problem book that uses 'mad libs'. I know this isn't a lesson, but would make a great center idea. Its called 50 Fill In Math Word Problems by scholastic.

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 28,355 Senior Member
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maybe focus on vocabulary
07-08-2010, 04:04 PM
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Teach them which words mean add and which mean subtract. They should highlight, underline or circle to key word before solving the problem. Some on PT shared this list of key words some time ago. My students found it very helpful.
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 The Key Words to Solving Word Problems.doc (31.0 KB, 233 views)

 TxTeacher1974 Joined: Nov 2009 Posts: 52 Junior Member
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Thanks for the ideas!
07-08-2010, 04:53 PM
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I will look for the book at Scholastic, and I will also utilize the key words! Thanks!

 ashleigh_60 Joined: Jun 2008 Posts: 1,984 Senior Member
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07-08-2010, 04:56 PM
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I don't know if this will help or not, but sometimes I like to focus on different problem solving strategies. I've made some worksheets that require students to use a particular strategy for problem solving.

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 problem solving worksheet.pdf (42.7 KB, 235 views)

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 28,355 Senior Member
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I do a read aloud before solving
07-08-2010, 05:24 PM
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problems by working backwards. It is titled Round Trip and is by Ann Jonas. The picture book can be read forwards and backwards. The drawings are all black and white and create different pictures when turned right side up and then upside down. It is unbelievable art work and the students love it! It really helps demonstrate the idea of thinking and working backwards.

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problem Solving Guide
07-08-2010, 05:28 PM
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I have found that students do a better job if they have a problem solving procedure to follow. It helps them to really think the problem through. Here is one that we used in the past.
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 Problem Solving Guide.doc (24.0 KB, 207 views)

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Another Key Word Handout
07-08-2010, 05:29 PM
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Here is another sheet with key words.
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 ProblemSolvingWords.pdf (25.8 KB, 184 views)

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Thanks 1956BD
07-08-2010, 06:34 PM
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for the math key words...

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love it!
07-08-2010, 08:06 PM
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Thanks for sharing! will be using this! =) Created my own, but this is more extensive!

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thanks
07-09-2010, 06:44 AM
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thanks... just what I was looking for too.

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07-09-2010, 07:33 AM
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07-09-2010, 08:40 AM
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Have you ever used the TIPS idea from the ADD sheets? (I think ADD stands for Arithmetic Done Daily, or something similar) Our district uses these exercises that were copied 3 per page as morning work or review in math and each exercise has a word problem at the bottom.
We teach the kids to set up all word problems in the TIPS format:
Process: First, read the problem twice, once out loud and once in your mind. Then underline the key word(s) that tell you which operation you think you will use (+,-,x).
Fill out the TIPS outline:
T (Thought) = Operation you will use
I ( Information) = numbers that are given in the problem that are needed to solve it
P (Plan) = write the number sentence (ex.: 34 + 23 = ?)
S (Solution) = write the solution including the unit

This really works for my kids.

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07-09-2010, 08:52 AM
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Thanks for all the great problem-solving ideas. I especially like the sheet where they have to solve problems using specific strategies.

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07-09-2010, 09:47 AM
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I only have two other sheets like the other one I posted, but I'm happy to share.
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 problem solving worksheet 2.pdf (47.0 KB, 124 views)

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last one
07-09-2010, 09:50 AM
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I'd post these in Word, but for some reason it doesn't attach or print right.
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 problem solving worksheet 3.pdf (41.7 KB, 105 views)

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07-09-2010, 04:43 PM
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Thank you so much for sharing them!

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Have you heard of Fosnot units?
07-10-2010, 11:57 AM
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They are AMAZING math units! I have used them in first grade and now I'll be teaching third and DEFINITELY plan on implementing them. My students learned to THINK and APPLY amazing problem solving strategies. The units start out with a Big Book or a poster that sets the stage for all of the mathematical thinking of the unit.

The teacher's manual provides an explanation of the mathematical thinking that will be scaffolded in addition to the basic directions of each activity. Easy to implement and one of the most valuable components to my math program. Differentiation is naturally built in.

At the end of the year, my first graders were performing addition with regrouping in the ten thousands and I never taught the algorithm. They used their understanding of place value and numbers to solve. I could go on and on about the BRILLIANT thinking my children developed due to these Fosnot units . . . multiplying two and three digit numbers . . .

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07-11-2010, 05:40 PM
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Where can I find this program?

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thanks
07-11-2010, 07:57 PM
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These are nice.

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