Reflection: Problem-based Approaches A Grinchy Christmas - Section 4: Independent Practice


I added a word box to the top of the writing section of the independent practice. This word box served as a checklist for students as they explained their thinking. It can be very difficult for little ones to know exactly what to write after they just did a bunch of things to solve a problem! These words prove a very helpful scaffold to getting them to explain their thinking precisely (aligned to the CCSS MP6, Attend to precision). Otherwise, you might get meandering thoughts from students that don't get a deep level of explanation!

Here is an example of a student response (using all of these words): 

First, my strategy was I started at 14 on my number line because there were 14 presents in the house. Next, I jumped back 3 because the Grinch stole 3 of them. Last, I landed at 11. When the Grinch changed, I started at 11, and added 5 because he gave 5 toys back. My tool was the number line.

  The Word Box
  Problem-based Approaches: The Word Box
Loading resource...

A Grinchy Christmas

Unit 6: Properties of Addition and Subtraction
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: SWBAT solve 2 part story problems with different equations.

Big Idea: This Grinch inspired lesson pushes 1st graders to attempt 2 part story problems. It also is a great way to introduce the topic in 2nd grade!

  Print Lesson
8 teachers like this lesson
Similar Lessons
Add or subtract using word problems
1st Grade Math » Single Digit Addition and Subtraction
Big Idea: The word problems in this lesson will have the students making models to solve them. By making a model, that will help the student see what part of the problem to find.
Lakeland, FL
Environment: Urban
Lisa Murdock
Poppleton in Winter
1st Grade ELA » Plot
Big Idea: Use illustrations, humor, and characters to learn about the plot.
Shelbyville, TN
Environment: Urban
Regan Aymett
Combine and Compare
1st Grade Math » Blending
Big Idea: Blending is not just for ELA teachers! Today students will learn to "blend" (combine) two sets of dots and then compare the number to another using greater than by playing versions of previous learned activities.
Waitsfield, VT
Environment: Suburban
Thomas Young
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload