1st Grade Problem Solving: Part-Whole Addition

Math Concept:

Addition, Word Problems

Grade Level:

1st Grade

Math Workshop Rotation:

Math with Problem Solving, Whole Group


Video, Blog Post

Resource Type:

Instructional Strategy

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The addition of visual models in 1st grade is another step on the journey towards confidence in problem solving. Shannon demonstrates how to use a step-by-step checklist to create visual models for a part-whole addition problem in a way that is developmentally appropriate for 1st grade, uses concrete, pictorial, and abstract means, and ensures that students have a better understanding of what they’re doing while they’re solving problems.