We are working hard on word problems in kindergarten! At this point in the year, we are working toward our goal of being able to solve addition and subtraction word problems within 10.
We use a variety of tools during number talks and math workshop such as counting bears, cubes, and even ourselves to practice the idea of adding and subtracting, but I also wanted my kinders to have practice with and exposure to using number lines, ten frames, pictures/words, and equations. So we do both!
I read the word problem out loud, then we discuss what we remember and noticed. We talk about what numbers we heard and what was happening with them (were we adding more, or taking some away?)
You can see the students draw both pictures or shapes. We talk about how we can draw the pictures if we want (you can see through this page a bit to the people this student drew on the next day’s problem because we used crayon – keepin’ it real for you!) but that also circles, tallies, etc can count – that the point is not our artwork, but that we are using tools to help us solve the problem. They are doing so well and I am very proud of them!
These word problems are part of a monthly series for kindergartners, or any students who are building their beginning addition and subtraction word problem skills!
Click on the word problem page below to grab two problems from the February pack for FREE! Hopefully you can find them useful this month!
Kindergarten is such a fun – and BUSY- year in math! There is so much to do to get our little friends ready to be big 1st graders! We work hard, but we have fun!