I love that fact that I get a clear insight to my students' thinking with these prompts. They allow us to have deeper classroom discussions, and I have the opportunity to see common misconceptions about different concepts and ideas.
I've been working extremely hard this year to clarify misconceptions on word problems. As you probably already know, we do tons of word problems in my classroom. Between my Weekly Word Problems, word problem task cards, and the word problems thrown into our math tasks, I feel very confident in my students' ability to solve word problems. But, I'm afraid that they are relying too much on key words and not developing a deep enough understanding of WHY they should add, subtract, multiply, or divide. The problem is especially noticeable on multistep word problems. I've been thinking about this for awhile, but I hadn't found anything that really broke apart word problems in a way that students could understand which lead to the creation of my newest product for teaching types of story problems.
There are 19 posters for each type of word problem for addition & subtraction and multiplication & division.
There are 2 mini books where students can write their own word problems that reflect each style of word problem. One is for addition and subtraction and the other is for multiplication and division.
For practice solving and identifying types of word problems, I've created 22 addition and subtraction and 18 multiplication and division task cards. There are two task cards for each type of story problem.
I think this is going to be a huge help in allowing my students to dig even deeper with word problems. If you're interested in checking it out, here is a link that will take you to a preview.