Reflection: Checks for Understanding Subtracting from 7 - Section 1: Problem of the Day


Through some of our small group activities, I found that many of my students are strong in solving word problems but struggle when there is just an equation.  I think this may just be a lack of practice.  We have been doing a lot with word problems where the students model with manipulatives or drawing and then write an equation.  I think the students just need more opportunities to start with an equation and work from there.  Today's Problem of the Day went well, but the students who did the problem did need some guidance.  His first question was "7 of what?"  We had to talk about the fact that sometimes we see equations that are not connected to a word problem.  It was interesting that my students do like the word problems since whenever I am in meetings with teachers from other grades, I hear how students hate word problems and would much rather just solve equations.  While I want to teach my students how to solve equations this way, I want to keep them excited about word problems as they move forward with their educations.

  Solving Equations
  Checks for Understanding: Solving Equations
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Subtracting from 7

Unit 7: Subtraction
Lesson 12 of 19

Objective: Students will be to able solve subtraction equations.

Big Idea: We have 10 fingers, so when learning to subtract starting with a number less than 10 or equal to 10, students can use their fingers to help them. Manipulatives and drawings are helpful too!

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