I absolutely love the longer days & actually having some daylight at the conclusion of my endless workday, but wow, do I loathe the transition. How can one little itsy bitsy hour feel so..... very.....long?
I feel like I didn't sleep at all this weekend, even though I really did, and am wondering how early is too early to go to bed?! I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but today was a Starbucks day, for sure. Then, I saw this cute funny that absolutely matched my day...
Anyway, my little firsties have been working really hard on solving problems with a missing addend. This week, we are moving into word problems with missing addend, before we even think about doing the same with minuends.
I figured plugging in some word problems would help break up the two, and help alleviate the confusion that always comes with teaching missing number in subtraction problems right after missing addend.
So, we started with our anchor chart.... and introduced & worked on the different strategies to solve these problems....
We always work with part/part/whole, and then discuss how that relates to an addition problem. I also encourage my kiddos to draw to solve any time they can.
For my low babies, drawing a picture is one strategy I can always count on to help them solve a problem. Plus, when it comes to testing time, I want them to always remember they can draw a picture when they need a little help.
After working with our anchor chart, we played the BEST game. I got this idea from Mrs. McCbumee's Class & my kids absolutely LOVED it!!
And, you can always differentiate this activity by giving different cards to different groups of children, or making cards above 10 for those high learners. Love, love, love.
When we had finished playing our game, we moved into solving some word problems. In my class, we use the CUBES strategy for solving word problems. This idea comes from Working 4 the Classroom. She does this with her 4th graders, but it has been one of the BEST things I've ever implemented into my first grade classroom.
They did SUCH a great job!!
Some kids went immediately to subtraction because we had talked about it with our anchor chart, but others stuck with the missing addend equations. Whatever works, right?!
When we move into subtraction with missing number, I think this will really help.
Anyway, if you'd like a copy of this practice sheet, as well as another one, just click the picture below. It's a FREEBIE since I've been so MIA lately... sorry 'bout that...
As always, thanks for stopping by!