These first-grade word problem number talks are focused on using addition and subtraction to solve word problems within 10 for all 4 problem types (joining, separating, part-part-whole, and comparing).
55 word problem number talks in all. Five for each of the following categories:
- Joining – Result Unknown
- Joining – Change Unknown
- Joining – Start Unknown
- Separating – Result Unknown
- Separating – Change Unknown
- Separating – Start Unknown
- Part-Part-Whole – Whole Unknown
- Part-Part-Whole – Part Unknown
- Compare – Difference Unknown
- Compare – Quantity Unknown
- Compare – Referent Unknown
Number Talks will get your students engaged in mathematical conversations that will increase their ability to reason mathematically as well as develop their computational fluency skills and their ability to think flexibly about numbers.
These word problem-based number talks will give your students the opportunity to truly process word problems and problem-solve ways to solve the problems.
A few years ago, we were asked to implement number talks in our daily math instruction. After engaging our students in a few of these activities, we were hooked. Our challenge then became to create a variety of problem types in order to keep students engaged and excited about number talks. And that is when this number talk program was born.
Word problems prove to be challenging for first graders. For this reason we created the word problem number talks to give students the opportunity to engage in word problems in a way that is stress-free and engaging.
THIS RESOURCE IS HELPFUL FOR:
- Busy First Grade Teachers
- Substitute Teachers
- Special Education Teachers
- Whole Group Math Instruction
- Small Group Math Instruction
- Math Intervention
- As a Supplement to Core Instruction
How long do number talks take?
It is best if Number Talks are done daily for between 5 and 15 minutes.
Can these number talks be displayed on an interactive whiteboard?
Yes! Many teachers have shared that this is what they do.
Do I have to print out number talk materials for each student each day?
NO! This is a whole group activity. Just display the number talk for everyone to see.
Wishing you joyful engagement in your primary classroom!