This phonics-focused math BUNDLE was created to help young mathematicians AND beginning readers practice mathematical problem-solving skills. Each set contains 20 to 25 addition and subtraction story problems that have been written to help students practice decoding skills, with a focus on specific phonics patterns for each set.
So often, our young students are capable of solving mathematical word problems, but it is the text complexity that holds them back or decreases their confidence. This resource will help students who are working on decoding and blending have equitable access to story problem texts on their reading level. You will love these decodable story problems! Furthermore, it helps teachers integrate reading and math skills within the classroom!
Why is the format set up the way it is? It looks SO simple!
You will notice that the math problem pages are strategically set up in a simple format. Students will read the story and highlight the words that include the phonics skill. There is a simple empty box in which students can work out the problem. The work space is left blank in order to encourage students to work out the problem in any way that best suits them. Students can draw pictures, draw base-ten blocks, write number sentences, use manipulatives within the box, etc. A space for students to write about their math work is also included. As the teacher, you can use this space as you wish. For example, you may want students to write their answers in complete sentences or simply write about the process or strategies they chose to use in order to solve the problem.
Who was this resource created for?
I created this resource with first graders in mind, as the majority of the problems have sums and differences up to 20. *Please note, two-digit addition and subtraction is NOT covered in these packs. The problems contain a mixture of addition and subtraction problems. Kindergarten students who are working on reading vowel team words will also benefit from this resource with teacher assistance. It would make a wonderful small group activity, or a whole-group activity in which the teacher leads the class and models the problem while students work through it together. Second grade students or special education students who are still working on sequenced phonics and decoding skills, as well as word problem and mathematical problem-solving skills, will also find this resource beneficial.
Can you explain why there is not a step-by-step process for students to go through as they work out the problem? For example, where is the space for the students number sentence and why was that not included?
By NOT having students follow a sequence of problem-solving steps, we encourage our students to be mathematical risk takers. This resource is designed to help beginning readers have access to the text, think critically about what each problem is truly asking of them, and use a variety of strategies to best solve each problem. I hope you and your students enjoy this resource! We want our math students to not just go through a series of rote “steps” as they solve math problems. Instead, we want them to focus on truly understanding what the question is, what pieces of information they were given and need most, and what method of problem-solving will work best for them as they find the answer. This story problem math format is designed to facilitate risk, creative and critical thinking, and problem-solving skills!