Word Problem Sorts

Posted on March 20, 2019. Filed under: Uncategorized |


In this workstation, the students sort the word problem by category.  This station helps students to reason about the type of problem they are solving.  It is very important that students understand and can explain the situation.  Although they might use an inverse operation or another strategy to solve the problem, they need to understand the problem situation.  For example, I might solve repeated addition to solve a multiplication problem but that doesn’t change the problem type.  The strategy to solve the problem might have been repeated addition but the problem is a multiplication one.

Examples of sorts:

Join/Take From

Part Part Whole Whole Unknown/Part Part whole Part Unknown

Compare difference/compare bigger part unknown/compare smaller part unknown

Equal Group/Arrays

Number of Groups/ Number in Groups




Word Problem Sort
Multiplication Division










 Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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