Solving word problems doesn’t have to be scary for your 3rd or 4th grade students. These word problems have a graphic organizer that will help your students truly understand word problems and give them confidence in solving them!
⭐ The pages require students to use equations, visual representations, and words in a graphic organizer format. A second cut-and-glue format adds an option for gluing problem strips into student math journals for solving. ⭐
Students can often easily solve computation problems but give them a word problem and everything goes crazy! They find it difficult to understand word problems and frequently don’t know what computation or thinking is required to solve them. Sometimes just getting started and finding an entry point is a struggle.
This problem solving graphic organizer helps students make sense of problems instead of relying on tricks and keywords.
Giving your students this graphic organizer as a tool will make word problem solving fun and engaging while at the same time building skills in a rigorous way!
◼️ Having the second cut-and-glue format gives you the option of allowing students who are confident with strategies to solve the problems in a math journal (spiral).
❤️ Why you’ll L-O-V-E this!
• “Love how the word problems progressively become more difficult, but the strategies for solving them follow the same format….visual, calculation and proving math with words.” -Sharon
•”Fun way to get students thinking and practicing problem solving strategies.” –Diane
• “We recently switched math series in my district, and this product is helping me to bridge some gaps for my students. I love that each page has plenty of space for students to respond. Excellent product!” –Fourth Grade Frenzy
• “I teach special education in 4th grade, and I really like how these word problems are challenging, but not too difficult. Exactly what I was looking for!” –Megan
• “These word problems have been my “go-to” for review in small groups.” –Gina
• “So helpful with my struggling students!” –Celina
• “Great way to get their brains thinking again at the beginning of the year!” -Karen
◼️ Have one of these problems ready to go on your SmartBoard when your kids enter your room. Also use them for Math Workshop, small group RTI, and homework.
◼️ They are fun while still being purposeful, Amazingly Effective, and rigorous.
▶️ Included are:
♦ 20 total word problems focused on all four computations and place value in a journal format. (3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.D.8)
♦ The same 20 problems in an additional cut-and-glue format. These problem strips may be glued into students’ math spiral notebooks.
♦ 4 word problems with missing information. Students determine what additional information is needed to answer the question.
♦ Three posters of different essential questions so you can choose the question that best meets the needs of your class.
♦ A poster that lists some of the Common Core skills that students will be using to solve each problem.
♦ Answer keys
▶️ Please note: this resource is included in a huge full year bundle of six different math packets which includes a total of 138 word problems just for 3rd grade! Purchasing the bundle will save you 30% compared to buying each product individually!!
No prep! ❤️ Just print, and go!
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