This is my first time participating in Special Needs Sunday! I am excited to collaborate with other teachers of exceptional children! The topic for this Sunday is word problems in math. I have had to completely modify word problems in my classroom because none of my students are readers yet. So, bring on the visual supports and manipulatives!
Mrs. Krumm: How many orange M&Ms do you have?
Mrs. Krumm: (Writes 3 under the orange M&M marker) Awesome and how many green ones do you have?
Mrs. Krumm: (Writes 2 under the green M&M marker) You got it! You have three orange M&Ms and two green M&Ms. How many M&Ms do you have all together? (Writes a plus sign between the 3 and 2)
Mrs. Krumm: (Writes an equal sign followed by a 5) Perfect! 3+2=5! Eat those M&Ms! Now how many do you have?
Frank: (With a chocolate grin) None!
In addition to working on self-control (I have a hard time not sneaking an M&M or two during this activity), I am also able to work on simple addition and subtraction while introducing the concept of word problems. I also write the number sentences on a dry-erase board so the students are seeing the operation symbols and number identification is being reinforced. For the rest of you with non-readers, how do you approach word problems?