Number Sense:  Problem-Solving and Vocabulary Connections
The problems presented in the worksheets are similar to those on the third grade STAAR math test, making this packet ideal for math centers, seat work, early finishers, and older students who need extra review over the basics.

It is so important for math students to have a sense of what a reasonable answer is and how to connect the words in a math problem to the process needed to find a solution to the problem. This packet, originally designed for middle school students new to the US and the English language, guides students through everyday vocabulary terms that can give hints about the arithmetic operations needed to solve problems. Different ways of finding a solution are also presented, including using number lines and drawing models.

The packet includes:

MORE or LESS Activity Sheet: This page helps students develop number sense by thinking about how the expected solution compares to the original amount.

MORE or LESS Problem-Solving Activities: These five pages use the problems on the activity sheet to explore problem-solving strategies, vocabulary connections.

Graphic Organizer: Students can keep track of their vocabulary connections on the organizer.

Operation Sets (14 pages, total): Each of the four basic operations is explored in these sets of worksheets. The first sheet in the set guides students step by step through solving a problem, while subsequent sheets gradually hand over more and more responsibility to the student. The final sheet in each set requires the student to work independently.

Answer Sheets: Answer sheets have been included for all activities.


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Created: Jan 5, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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