Reflection: Lesson Planning I've Got More Than You - Section 3: Practice the Concept


The students in my classroom seem to rely too heavily on the math program we use to provide them with the information they need to determine the operation for word problems.  This is a habit I am attempting to break.  They only think “Oh, this is a subtraction lesson, I must need to subtract!”

Students need to be making "sense" of their mathematical work.  I am striving to develop my students as mathematical thinkers, instead of relying on the teacher or lesson title to give them information. 

When teaching this lesson again, I will include in a few non-comparison problems in order to assess whether the students can truly determine the correct operation and strategy.

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I've Got More Than You

Unit 1: Addition and Subtraction Basic Training
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to write subtraction number sentences to solve word problems that involve comparing two groups of things.

Big Idea: Students often think that subtraction is simply “take away.” The goal of this lesson is to allow students to see the comparison (difference) between two numbers.

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