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Word problem goals

I normally don’t write word problem goals for students below grade two. In grades K and 1 the big focus is on learning your numbers and learning how to add and subtract so I focus my grades there. These are my favorite standards for word problems and some of the ways that I modify them. As always, please feel free to take what you see here and tweak it for you own students!

Word problems with addition and subtraction:

  • 2nd grade standard: 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 CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.A.1
  • 2nd grade goal 1: Given four problems, ____________ will use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions with 75% accuracy as measured by teacher records and observations CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.A.1
  • Based on my addition and subtraction assessments,  I will change that 100 to whatever number makes the most sense.
  • 2nd grade goal 2: Given four problems, __________ will 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 with 75% accuracy as measured by teacher records and observations.
  • Where to find the standards: Operations and algebraic thinking

Word problems with multiplication and division:

  • 3rd grade standard: Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3
  • 3rd grade goal: Given four problems and a multiplication chart, _________ will use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities with 75% accuracy as measured by teacher records and observations CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3
  • Where to find the standards: Operations and algebraic thinking

 

Word problems with all four operations:

  • 4th grade standard: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3
  • 4th grade goal 1: Given four problems and a multiplication chart, _____________________ will solve one step word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations with 75% accuracy as measured by teacher records and observations CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3
  • 4th grade goal 2: Given four problems and a multiplication chart _________ will solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted with 75% accuracy as measured by teacher records and observations CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3
  • Take off the remainders part of the goal if the student isn’t strong on long division.
  • 5th grade doesn’t have a whole number word problem standard– the only word problem goal is for fractions. If your school site is strict about using the grade level standards, you can modify this standard: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.2
  • Where to find the standards: Operations and algebraic thinking

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