Real-Life Word Problems

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Students will solve the real-life word problems by using the pictures on this printable math worksheet as clues. Students must decide which operation to use and what kind of answer each question calls for—addition or subtraction.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

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Using the model presented on the worksheet, have students create their own “real life word problems” worksheet using paper and art supplies. If necessary, model for students how to replicate the problems found on the worksheet, and give them suggestions for things that they can use to create their problems. When students are finished creating their worksheets, have them exchange worksheets with a partner and solve the problems on their sheets!

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Have students create a booklet out of their collected “real life word problems” for other classes to use. They can collaborate in groups to create the cover, title page, table of contents, and answer key for the booklet - each group should be assigned one component to design and develop. When finished, scan and make a master PDF, Word, or Google Docs copy of the booklet so that it can be printed and copied for other classes.

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First Grade Math Made Easy
First Grade Math Made Easy

The successful way to improve your child's math. These workbooks have been compiled and tested by a team of math experts to increase your child's confidence, enjoyment, and success at school. First Grade Math Made Easy provides practice at all the major topics for Grade 1 with emphasis on addition and subtraction concepts. It includes a review of Kindergarten topics and a preview of topics in Grade 2. Learn how the workbook correlates to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

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