Reflection: Real World Applications Word problems with 3 Addends Part I - Section 2: Whole Group Interaction


Using tally marks is a life skill that everyone will use at one time or another. Teaching how to use them for adding is difficult for first graders. I have always taught my students how to draw tally marks; 4 straight lines and then a side slash and this is a set of 5. Then I would teach them to count their sets by 5's. Today, I wanted them to see how these tally marks can help them with adding also, but the counting occurs in a different way and explicit instruction must occur for them to see the process. If the problem they are solving is 2+3, we would draw 2 lines and count 1, 2. Then we would draw 2 more lines and a side slash while counting 1, 2, 3, and then they would see a set of 5 and 2+3=5. Then they would draw more lines and count to represent the third addend being joined together. Watch the video in the resource section to see our discussion about tally marks.

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Word problems with 3 Addends Part I

Unit 5: Word Problems
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT solve multi-step word problems by adding three numbers.

Big Idea: Following multi-step directions is a difficult task for first graders. This introductory lesson will teach them how to bring a word problem to life and help them visualize what needs to be done to solve by joining three numbers.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , addition, word problems
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