Number Sentences and Word Problems Lesson

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With this Number Sentences and Word Problems Lesson Plan, students learn how to represent problems as number sentences and explore how to create a word problem of their own.

 A number sentence is a mathematical sentence, made up of numbers and signs. This lesson focuses on only addition and subtraction number sentences and word problems.


Addition sentence: 10 + 6 = 16

Subtraction sentence: 16 – 6 = 10


1. Introduction to Word Problems and Number Sentences

2. Hands-on exploration stations - 2 levels

3. Group or individual activity

4. Worksheets


AVAILABLE in PowerPoint (only lesson is editable), PDF and Google Slides.




Australian Curriculum

MATHEMATICS Patterns & Algebra – YEAR 2

Solve problems by using number sentences for addition or subtraction ACMNA036

- representing a word problem as a number sentence

- writing a word problem to represent a number sentence

 Common Core Math USA
Grade 2

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.A.1

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


Tags: number, number sentence, number sense and algebra, Australian Curriculum, Common Core Math, lesson plan Year 2


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