March 2016 - Susan Jones Teaching

Story Problems in First Grade

Story problems in first grade can be a wonderful teaching tool - and I'm talking beyond the simple "2 ducks were in pond and one flew away..." type problems. I'm talking the COMPLEX story problems! I really think students need to be able to read and decode a story problem so they can figure out how to solve it! 

I was noticing that in our standardized tests the word problems given weren't "simple" and I don't think they should be. Of course we start there, but students need to push beyond that and solve more challenging problems.

Last year, I created little story problem booklets for each month that get more difficult from August to June. The include the following topics:

Addition
Subtraction
Place Value
Time
Missing Addend
Fractions
Money

I generally begin these booklets in small, guided groups we can go through them together and I can guide discussion. Towards the end of the year, I have my higher group sit and complete them together. They mark questions that they could not figure out and we discuss later - but for the most part they are able to explain and discuss their solutions!

These booklets also let me see where my students are getting stuck so we can use those question types as discussion starters before a math lesson.

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You can see some example problems by clicking the image below:

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Free St. Patrick's Day Comprehension Passage!

Just dropping by this morning to share this FREE St. Patrick's Day close reading passage and fun poem for the holiday coming up!


Included in this mini-pack is a nonfiction passage about the holiday with a vocabulary sheet and a comprehension sheet for students to answer using text evidence. They questions are set up in the same way as my Close Reading unit.




I also included a silly, fiction poem and response sheet for that as well!



Click on any of the pages above to download your free copy!

This is an example of a growing bundle I am currently working on that  includes comprehension passages, questions, and poems for each of your students' favorite holidays. You can see some of the holidays included below:


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