Word Problems: Choose the Operation (Addition & Subtraction)

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2nd Grade Word Problems Choose Operation Add Subtract GameSecond Grade Word Problem Use Addition Subtraction Operations Game

Interactive Math Activity - Word Problems - Choose the Operation with Addition and Subtraction

Your students will get to practice addition and subtraction word problems in this fun, yet challenging, math practice activity from iKnowIt.com. Children must choose the operation—addition or subtraction—as they read the word problem and decide how to solve it. By the time your students complete this online math activity, they will be more confident and proficient at solving word problems.

Here are a few examples of the types of word problems your students may be required to solve in this math practice activity: "Lana solved 25 problems on her math homework. There are 42 total problems to solve. How many problems does Lana still need to solve?" "Mr. Fuller's class went on a field trip to the zoo. There were 29 students and 7 adults on the trip. How many people went on the field trip?" "Rosa and her family went to the beach. Rosa collected 39 seashells and her sister collected 17 seashells. How many seashells did they collect altogether?" If students need a little extra help solving a word problem, they can click on the "Hint" button, which will display a helpful written or pictorial clue that will point students in the right direction. When students answer a question incorrectly, they will be shown a detailed explanation page with the correct answer accompanied by an easy-to-understand explanation for how to obtain it. Students can move through the lesson having learned from past mistakes.

In this addition and subtraction math lesson, several handy features help students make the most out of their math practice session. A progress-tracker in the upper-right corner of the practice screen lets students see how many questions they have answered so far out of the total number of questions in the lesson. A score-tracker shows students how many points they have earned in the lesson. Plus, a speaker-icon indicates the read-aloud feature—a great option for ESL/ELL students and children who excel at auditory learning. Whether your little ones are practicing word problems or place value, our math activities are designed with their success in mind!

2nd Grade Word Problems Choose Operation Add Subtract LessonSecond Grade Word Problem Use Addition Subtraction Operations Lesson

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2nd Grade Word Problems Choose Operation Add Subtract ActivitySecond Grade Word Problem Use Addition Subtraction Operations Activity


This interactive math lesson is classified as Level B. It may be ideal for second grade students.

Common Core Standard

2.OA.1, MA.2.AR.1.1, 2.4D
Operations And Algebraic Thinking

Represent And Solve Problems Involving Addition And Subtraction.
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1

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