Thursday, June 1, 2017

FREE MATH LESSON - “Freebie!! Solving Story Problems At the Zoo First Grade"

by Mercedes Merrell
1st Grade

Freebie!! Solving Story Problems: At the Zoo First Grade offers practice with the necessary steps for solving mathematical word problems. The steps included in all my monthly math products are: student reads (or listens to), circles the numbers or number words given, underlines the key words that indicate what mathematical operation needs to be done, draws the representations (picture) of the numbers, writes the number sentence, solves, and writes the sum/difference (answer). However, this one is more of a starter set transitioning the students from Kinder to First grade. The teacher will start by reading the story problem to the students and modeling the above steps until students can do these on their own. There is a Work Mat with the steps to solving the word problems. There are 14 addition/subtraction number story problems already on the work mats for you to copy and students to solve. They are all (but one) cut and paste for students to identify number/picture correspondence to find the answers, and they all have a zoo theme. This is a perfect activity for small group teacher guided lessons, math centers, or for whole class work. Also included in this product is a class graphing activity where students color/cut their favorite animals, post/graph on the board or chart paper, then complete their individual class graph sheet to match. A blank work mat is also here for you to use with the students who are ready to move on, or for you to create your own word problems. If you like this product, I also have: September, October, November, December, January, March, April, and May sets already available in my TpT store, and I am currently working on February. If you have a need for a Spanish version, the November one is available in my TpT store, and I will be happy to make any of the other months upon request. I would greatly appreciate your positive feedback! If something is not to your satisfaction, I will do my best to make it so, please contact me at:

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