When you work on word problems do you encourage the use of key words? There are many different views on key word marking in word problems. I don’t focus on key words in my class as the only way to solve word problems. I do provide a resource for my students that indicate which words could be used for addition and subtraction. My biggest tool is Read the Problem!! I saw a lot of my kids weren’t reading at all…..and you can imagine the results!! I have them repeat, I…will…read…the…problem! Sometimes we chant like a train getting faster and faster! They love it. I would love to hear your thoughts on key words. Share your ideas for teaching word problems in the comments.
Here is an example page of the word problems math center. You cut apart the word problems. (They are aligned so you can use a paper cutter!) There are manipulatives on a separate page for the students to use. The characters in the problems are two robots named Jess and Tess. You also get a recording page for the children to write their equations on. Check out Robot Word Problems No Prep Print and Use on Teachers Pay Teachers.