I’ve always loved word problems. I think they can be an excellent way for kids to demonstrate that they actually understand the math.
It’s one thing to be able to solve an equation like 4+9=13. It’s a completely different thing to understand that those numbers represent real life objects.
The Thanksgiving Addition Word Problem Worksheets
These worksheets are great for any kid working on addition problems under 20. Just make sure to pick the right set!
What is Included in the Word Problem Set
This set is split up into two parts. The first set is addition problems with the sum under 10. The second set is with the sum between 10 and 20.
The word problems in each set are identical aside from the numbers.
There are 7 word problems in each set.
Each word problem comes on its own page with little manipulatives that you can cut out.
Benefits of Word Problems
I know many people strongly dislike word problems. And, to be fair, some word problems are intentionally confusing. I find them to be an invaluable tool.
First, they’re great for demonstrating comprehension. Our kids are learning countless things every single day and it would be impossible to have tests and quizzes to determine everything they truly comprehend. In many instances, I try to just talk to them and make sure their process is correct. But that’s not always possible.
Word problems help to make sure kids understand the math they are doing and that’s it’s not just a bunch of numbers on a piece of paper.
Second, word problems require kids to play with the numbers in creative ways. I think all kids should spend time playing with math and numbers. When kids do more than just solve math problems, it leads to a better understanding of math.
Third, it stops kids from asking ‘when am I ever going to use this’? Doesn’t that seem like the most common math question? Word problems show the real world application of the math we are doing and stem that question altogether. Although, when it comes to higher math, the question might pop back up. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve calculated the area of a triangle since high school.
How to Use the Thanksgiving Word Problem Set
This addition word problem set is quite simple and straight forward to use. Even better, you can tailor it to meet whatever needs you have.
There is ample space on each page to draw out the answer to the problem.
But I’ve also provided little manipulative pieces to cut out. These pieces will help kids solve the problem in a hands-on way.