In first grade, when so much is new, word problems can be a bit overwhelming. I have created a simple, step by step process that our first grader has used to solve word problems. It shows her how to think through the problem and its real-life application. And it gives her the tools to know where to begin–often the biggest challenge–and keep her on track to the end of the problem.
I created an infograph to sum up (math pun intended) the steps for you. You can find it for download here and on Pinterest for your pinning pleasure. But in this post, I discuss the steps in a little bit more detail.