Second Grade Problem Solving Worksheets

Use number sets that students have already practiced computationally.

If you’ve taught make 10, use numbers that make 10.

The most important thing about models is to move away from them. You spend so long teaching students how to use models and then you don’t want them to use a model.

Well, actually, you want students to move toward efficiency.

You can read more about the Addition & Subtraction Word Problems Resource that I use in my classroom in this blog post. Removing the distraction of the numbers helps students focus on the situation of the problem and understand the action or relationship of the numbers.

Below are five math problem-solving strategies to use when teaching word problems using any resource. It also keeps students from solving the problem before we talk about the relationship of the numbers.

They could underline the question and they could find the numbers.It’s a shortcut that leads to breakdowns in mathematical thinking.I talk more in depth about why it doesn’t work in The Problem with Using Keywords to Solve Word Problems.Most of the time, my students just added the two numbers together without making sense of the problem. I am a big proponent of NOT teaching keyword lists.It just doesn’t work consistently across all problems.When I teach word problems, I give students problems with blank spaces and no numbers. We identify whether something is being added to or taken from something else. We identify what we have to solve and set up the equation with blank spaces and a square for the unknown number ___ ___ = unknown Do you want a free sample of the word problems I use in my classroom? Only after we have discussed the problem do I give students numbers. At the beginning of the year, we all do the same numbers, so that I can make sure students understand the process.After students are familiar with the process, I start to give different students different numbers, based on their level of mathematical thinking.Models are the visual ways problems are represented.Strategies are the ways a student solves a problem, putting together and taking apart the numbers.If you’re working on addition without regrouping, use those number sets.The more connections you can make between the computation and the problem-solving the better.

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