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