Popping in super quick to share an idea with ya!
I don't know about you, but my kiddos struggle with word problems more than pretty much anything....they struggle with remembering what all the words mean...
- how many fewer
- in all
- how many all together
- how much greater
- _ times as many
You get the idea. Some of my peeps get confused as to what operation to use. I have the cute posters up, and that helps....but practice makes perfect:)
A few months ago I decided we needed some more word problem practice...so Word Problem Wednesday was born:)
Every Wednesday afternoon I devote to word problems. Random word problems from our textbooks. I try to mix it up lots:) The kids really like it and look forward to it. They all have their dry erase boards
and their books and I also put each problem up on the ELMO. I set a timer and give them 1-2 minutes to solve it depending on the problem. Now, when I started this I was having the kids raise their hands.....well my teammie started doing this too and she added some more fun.
A) using Class Dojo to pick kiddos randomly
B) adding some simple prizes
Love that random button!!!!!
"Prizes" are simply pencils and erasers. They love it even more now;) With the random picker, I call on the student it picks...if they have the wrong answer I hit it again and pick someone else. Once I get a correct answer, they all hold up their boards to show me their answers and I can see who got it and who didn't. Word problems have become fun and not so threatening now:) Last week our time got cut about 10 minutes short and they were complaining......did you hear me?!?!?! Complaining because we didn't do word problems for long enough!!!! Maybe this is something you can do in your classroom:)
Would love to hear how you tackle word problems with your kiddos:)