Sunday, June 5, 2022

Free Situational Math Problem for Grade 1 or 2

 Free Situational Math Problem (Quebec Education Program-aligned) for Elementary Cycle 1 (grades 1 or 2)

Have you ever heard of a situational math problem? Chances are if you have, you live in Quebec, Canada! A situational problem related to mathematics is basically a large problem for students to solve that uses many different skills they have learned in math. It allows kids to practice deciding which skills are best to use and helps them to sort through lifelike situations.

Although these problems are pretty unique, they can be used by anyone! Not only are they great for practice, but they help students think differently - as opposed to a problem-solving question with just one solid answer. Situational problems, like this one, can have many solutions that are correct. It all depends on if students follow what is asked of them, and figure out a good solution.

I made this freebie because these problems, although a HUGE requirement in our provincial curriculum, are seriously difficult to come by! This would make a great addition to a classroom lesson, especially if you're working on a farm unit! It would also be perfect for homeschoolers looking to add a situational problem to their portfolios! And yes, it includes a sample answer key 😉

Stay tuned for higher grades to come :)

Grab this freebie below the graphic below! All I ask is that you share the link to my BLOG when sharing this freebie, NOT the google drive! Thank You so much!


Skip Counting Collections - Free Math Curriculum Units


Skip Counting Collections Printable Worksheets / Cards

Skip counting pre-grouped objects is an important skill for kids to master, but oftentimes grouping and counting things by themselves is not taught. This is a super important progression though, and a great way for kids to sharpen their visual math skills!

Take a look at the card in the picture above. It shows a bunch of peppers spread out all over the page and asks kids to circle them in groups of ten, then skip count to find how many there are in total. Although this may look different than the skip counting sheets you're used to seeing, it's actually a super important aspect of the progression of learning in mathematics. 

Having your learner's group things on their own teaches them to visually discriminate and estimate how many things may be in a group. It is also a great way to teach them the value of skip counting - how it may help them in their daily lives.

These sheets could function on their own as worksheets or could be cut out and pasted into a math journal. They all feature cute clipart that most skids love to colour too!

I made these sheets to help fulfill the Quebec Progression of Learning for my own kids which says students should be able to count collections of objects by grouping them. It is something I am using with my own daughter in second grade now, and I hope you find it useful in your classroom or homeschool too!

Grab this freebie below!

Get the FREE Counting Collections Unit HERE

Free Skip Counting Pattern Strips - Free Math Curriculum Helps


Free Printable Skip Counting Pattern Strips

free printable skip counting strips

Skip counting is such an important part of early math skills. But basic skip counting should go beyond the regular number patterns we're all used to - students should be able to skip count starting at any number.

If you teach kids the CONCEPT of skip counting and give them visual examples of what it looks like, then it's much easier for them to grasp repeated addition and multiplication and division in future lessons or grades. 

Learning to skip count the regular pattern (2, 4, 6, 8) is a perfect way to demonstrate how to count equal groups. But it is also important for learners to recognize number patterns and be able to skip count starting at any number. So if you say "skip count by two's starting from number 5", they should be able to visualize and count "5, 7, 9, 11...." and so on. 

This skill helps a LOT in solving tougher math problems throughout elementary and high school, and can really help kids develop strong number sense.

This freebie unit is made to help reinforce this skill. I have included a bunch of things here to help your learners practice:

  • Skip counting strips for counting by 2's, 3'2, 4'2, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, 10's, 11's, and 12's. 
  • Strips feature 2 regular pattern strips (eg 5, 10, 15, 20..) and two irregular number pattern strips (eg 2, 7, 12, 17...)
  • Blank strips are included with 5, 10, and 12 spaces
  • Blank strips are also included with some apples
Ways to Use Counting Strips

Laminate and reuse
One great way to use these strips is to make them into a sort of math center. You could laminate them and have kids write on them using dry erase pens, or you could put them into sheet protector sleeves.

Math Journals
Another great way to use these strips is inside kids' math journals. Simply cut out and glue the strips in (or have students do this) and have them fill in the pattern. You could also add questions above as I did, such as "What is the pattern? (+3 for skip counting by 3's)" and ask students to continue it.

On Screen
Another great way to use these strips would be on screens. You could display these on a TV or computer screen/projector and have students tell you the missing numbers out loud. This could be a great warmup before practicing these in a math journal. You could also have learners use a tablet and stylus to write in the missing numbers.

I really do hope you and your learners get good use out of these skip counting strips. Scroll down below for the link to this freebie!

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