These word problems provide practice with the four different types of addition and subtraction problems - Result Unknown, Change Unknown, Start Unknown and Compare - all with a Valentine’s Day theme. Students read the word story and record their working out on the Think Boards using the suggested strategies.


What are Think Boards?


Think Boards are a visual way for children to demonstrate their thinking about a word problem and show their understanding of some of the strategies that may be used to find a solution. In the early years they help children find a way to solve problems that suits their individual learning style. Each Think Board provides five different ways to find a solution. Think Boards give children confidence when tackling difficult word problems.


When using these Think Boards the children will learn to solve problems by: using a number line, using tens frames, drawing a part-part-whole diagram, drawing a picture and writing a number sentence. Once learnt, these strategies may be adapted as the children’s needs become more sophisticated.


You will find:

  • 5 Strategy Posters for classroom display
  • Contents page
  • 10 Worksheets - 2 Think Boards per page (20 word problems)
  • 3 Worksheets providing number sentences and requiring student to write the Number Story - 2 Think Boards per page (6 number sentences)
  • 2 Assessment pages


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Valentine's Day Word Problems Addition and Subtraction Think Boards within 20

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