The struggle with math word problems

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Do your students struggle with word problems?

The students that I work with as an instructional coach have so much difficulty deciphering if a word problem calls for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of these.

Solving word problems with multiple operations
Solving word problems with multiple operations

To help them practice I created a math station where instead of solving word problems, they need to decide which operation is needed.

 

This super fun operation sort includes 41 word problems. Students take turns pulling a strip and as a group they decide which operation is needed to solve. Then, they sort it accordingly.
Solving word problems with multiple operations
Solving word problems with multiple operations
As an added bonus, you can have them solve all or a few of the problems after they are sorted.

Why use sorting this sorting activity?

  • It makes students stop and think – When kids are given a word problem, they right away start thinking about the final answer. This makes them forget about solving and really think about what is needed here.
  • You can get through a lot of word problems in a short period of time – Because they are not solving, they are able to complete many of these during a math center or whole group activity.
  • It allows for collaboration and math discourse – Students get to discuss why they think a problem calls for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.
  • It’s fun!
Fun can wrappers are included. These work great with your standard size food can.
A recording sheet has been included as well!
Purchase this activity here!

 

 

 

This super fun product can be found here.

 

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