Word problems can be overwhelming to students, but if they have a tool to help them, they can handle it! Use this as a stand alone lesson or alongside *Stepping Through Addition and Subtraction Word Problems*.
Students will be able to apply word problem strategies to solve problems using addition, subtraction, or both operations.
Students will be able to analyze addition and subtraction word problems using a graphic organizer.
Facilitate a think-pair-share in which students think about what is easy and difficult about solving word problems. Have them turn and talk to a partner, and then share out as a class. Provide sentence stems to support conversation.
Tell learners that they'll be learning about a new tool and strategy they can use to help them understand what the word problem is asking. Read aloud the student-friendly language objective and have students repeat it aloud.