Tips for Creating 1st Grade Level Word Problems
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Tips for Creating 1st Grade Level Word Problems

Hi! I’m Samantha Lake for About.com and today I’m going to show you Creating 1st Grade Word Problems in Math. We’re here at “Count Me in Tutoring” in Bedford Corners, NY.
Students Start to Use Word Problems by the First Grade

At this age I like to call them story problems. You should always start with your equation for example if your equation is 5 + 3. Story problems in the first grade are very simple, such as "There Are Five Fish in One Bowl and Three Fish in Another. How Many Fish Are There?" Visual props work great too. So if you have toy fish it would be great to show 5 fish + 3 fish.
Make Word Problems Keep It Simple and Age Appropriate.

Use items the students can relate to. Jane has 8 balls. Her friend Dave has 2 balls. How many balls do they have together? The answer is 10. It really helps to use words and things in word problem at this level that children come across on an every day basis. School supplies, people and animals are great materials to use. You can show your students the word problems in visual form first, such as 3 pencils plus 8 pencils. Now, incorporate the story problem to the students. Nick has 3 pencils. Sam has 8 pencils. How many pencils do they have in all? The answer is 11.

It is best to keep word problems very short and simple at this learning level. To learn more about math and other topics, please visit About.com and thanks for watching.