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Story Math Bundle

We recently put together a bundle of Addition and Subtraction Story Math Problems (with number options for Kindergarten - 2nd grade). It is in Google Slides and it's editable (pick your own numbers or add your child's name). What is Story Math? Story Math makes math meaningful. It puts math in a familiar context that children can naturally figure out. Instead of having your child practice math by doing a worksheet with a bunch of addition and subtraction math problems (that have no real-world context), we use Story Math to bring mathematical problems to life!  Story Math takes math problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and puts them into the context of a story. Through the story, children are able to use their knowledge to figure...

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Story Math - Helping Kids Solve Complex Math Problems

Even young kids are capable of higher-level thinking with math, but we need to give them time, tools, and opportunities! Story Math allows kids to solve math problems based on real-world applications. No longer is math an isolated procedure to follow or arbitrary numbers to solve. Now math is put within the context of a story and kids use their innate problem-solving abilities to figure them out using strategies that are meaningful to them. Story Math Problem to Solve: For Halloween, Benson and Brewer carved jack-o-lanterns. Benson carved 37 jack-o-lanterns. Brewer also carved a bunch of jack-o-lanterns. When they were done, they had 55 jack-o-lanterns all together. How many jack-o-lanterns did Brewer carve? This type of Cognitive Guided Instruction math...

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Valentine Story Math Freebie

Even though it has become quite a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day is such a cute day for kids. It is all about sharing love and kindness. It's sweet.  In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we want to share some love and kindness with you. We have a CGI Math Freebie for you: Valentine's Day Story Math Weekly Targeted Skill: Addition Problem Solving This Valentine-themed Story Math problem is an addition story problem. It's great because numbers can be switched out to fit your child's level. Choose larger numbers for more of a challenge and smaller numbers for more scaffolded support. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VALENTINE STORY MATH This problem type is called a Join: Change Unknown. That means that...

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Snowball Story Math Free Resource (CGI: Subtraction)

One of our New Year resolutions is to share more strategies for using Story Math (Cognitive Guided Instruction), along with brain puzzles, to get your kids problem-solving, thinking, and persevering!  Today we have a Story Math free resource for you! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FREE RESOURCE. Weekly Targeted Skill: Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI Math) Our Friday Freebie resource this week is a Story Math Activity for you to use with your child. This one is fun because it is about a snowball fight (and my kid LOVES snowball fights). I actually introduced this story problem by showing my son a clip from the Elf Movie (the infamous snowball fight scene). I really like it because it shows Elf making a bunch of...

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Christmas Story Math (CGI: Addition)

It's Friday and we have a Story Math Freebie for you! We are obsessed with story math and hope your little one loves practicing math this way!  Weekly Targeted Skill: Addition Problem Solving This Holiday-themed Story Math problem is based on the principles of Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) Math. It is an addition story problem where two items join together and the result is unknown (Join Result Unknown). ACCESS THIS FREE RESOURCE A couple of tips for doing Story Math with your child: Read the story to your child and have them visualize what the story is about (it helps if you act it out) Give your child something tangible to count with (Cheerios, pennies, unifix cubes, etc.) Scaffold: if your...

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