This math resource helps students learn how to effectively use tools and addition and subtraction strategies for problem-solving. It will also drastically improve student writing in math, specifically with how they explain their thinking in written sentences when they solve a problem. Students do exploratory and collaborative activities using a Math Tools Resource Book. After doing the lessons, students can keep this book as a reference to go back to whenever they need help with problem-solving.
The download includes the following for both addition and subtraction:
Math Tools Resource Book for students
Grading Rubrics for Pre and Post Assessments
Title & Headings for Chart
The Math Tools Resource Book provides practice with using the following tools:
Open Number Line
Place Value Blocks
It also has these visual references to help students with writing explanations about how they solved:
Mathematical Explanation checklist
Sentence starter frames
Academic Vocabulary (one visual with provided words, and also a blank template for the class to brainstorm their own)
Additional Simple Sentence Frames (for students who need extra support)
Please see the preview for pictures of all that’s included.
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