Reflection: Joy Writing Subtraction Word Problems - Section 1: Attention Grabber/Introduction


If you don’t have a Q & U Wedding at your kindergarten, (Look into it!  It’s super fun and an excellent way to build vocabulary and celebrate learning all the letters!).  I digress… 

You could absolutely use your students to introduce writing word problems.  The critical factor in this first lesson was that just one student left the group.  In this way, when kiddos mistakenly confuse the number taken away and the difference, you can say, as I did, “There’s 4 Davids?!?!”  Of course, I’ve got a giant smile and a huge sense of fun along with my question, but it helps support confused students.

I try to pick a kid who is truly one-of-a-kind.  Of course, all kids are unique, but I pick a kid who doesn’t mind being the focus of a math lesson… maybe a little bit of a ham, definitely a friend who is comfortable being up in front of the group.  And that one kid is the 1 for this first subtraction word problem.  It’s hard to believe that something so simple as creating a word problem about the kids and carefully choosing one kid to “take away” can literally open up the concept of student-created word problems, but it can really be that simple!

  Using the student to "star" in a (potentially) tricky lesson
  Joy: Using the student to "star" in a (potentially) tricky lesson
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Writing Subtraction Word Problems

Unit 12: Super Subtraction
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT write and solve a subtraction word problem using drawing, a number line, and an equation.

Big Idea: Sometimes the idea of students WRITING a word problem seems overwhelming. This student-centered lesson makes the process simple, effective, and fun!

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