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Help with word problems needed!

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From: Allison <allie_gator123@yahoo.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Mar 12, 2007 at 20:28:35
Subject: Help with word problems needed!

I am a college student studying to become an elementary math teacher, and I'm currently tutoring a 2nd grader. Lately she's been having trouble distinguishing between addition and subtraction within word problems. She is able to tell the difference when given the symbols in a number sentence (+, -), but she really struggles when reading story problems. She tends to overlook key words like "how many more", "more than", etc. I was wondering if anybody had any advice or ideas on a game or activity I could do with her to help her learn when to use addition and when to use subtraction. Anything fun that would keep her attention would help tremendously!! Thank you =)

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