* To understand that math equations can be put in word problem terms
* To use reading skills to read each problem
* To use critical thinking skills to determine the answer to each problem
* To differentiate between addition and subtraction word problems
* To use addition and subtraction skills
* To correlate marks/dots with the numbers to help solve the problem
* Word Problem Printable (from me :))
* crayons or pencils
* Print out the printable above and cut out each word problem.
* Let your child read (or help them read) the first word problem. I think it's best to start with an addition problem.
* Help them determine if they will be adding the numbers or subtracting them.
* Demonstrate on paper how to solve the problem by using marks (we used dots) and counting them to add them all together. Then let your child do it on his/her own paper.
* Continue this process with each problem. Here is an example of what to do for a subtraction problem:
* Here are my son's finished problems:
* I will be adding more problems soon. Feel free to create your own and make them appropriate for your child's grade level. For younger kids, use coins or counters instead of writing marks.