1st Grade Problem Solving: Part-Whole Subtraction

Math Concept:

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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First grade marks the introduction of visual models as students progress towards confidence in problem solving. In this video, Shannon demonstrates how to make visual models for a part-whole subtraction problem in a way that is developmentally appropriate for 1st graders. This includes using a scaffolded journal as well as concrete, pictorial and abstract means.