Reflection: Relevance Writing a Simple Word Problem From Scratch by Using Strategies Learned - Section 2: Modeling the Writing/Teacher Think & Write Aloud

I remember when I was a kid, crying over word problems.

I remember feeling stupid, frustrated and ready to give up on math altogether because having difficulty with separating the language and figuring out how to make it fit. CCSS MP1 expect us to provide ways for children to understand and "persevere" in solving problems. CCSS MP2 explains that students need to be able to "decontextualize" and realize the relationship in problem solving. I think writing story problems from scratch is one way of mastering these skills and deepening their understanding that math word problems are really "real life" math problems.

I had a revelation when I was teaching  the strategies of KWS, Math Mountains (or sometimes called "break apart sketches" ) that it would be good to use those same strategies as the framework to teach story problem writing. It used to be that I focused on teaching them how to write math questions first. This time, I am turning it around and seeing how it works in hopes that students have a better grasp on understanding the role of the equation in a word problem too. This is the first time I am trying it! So why make students write simple one step word problems now? It is my hope to strengthen their understanding of deciphering and solving word problems which in turn will help them to understand and master multi-step word problems later. It also gives them accountability for thinking about how word problems are structured; a situation and then a question that drives at solving the situation.

I hate word problems! So why should I write one?
Relevance: I hate word problems! So why should I write one?

Writing a Simple Word Problem From Scratch by Using Strategies Learned

Unit 12: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
Lesson 2 of 6

Big Idea: Students use KWS charts, Math Mountains and equations to write a word problem and then create a presentation on Educreations.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, word problems, writing word problems, equation
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Mary Ellen Kanthack

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