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Counting On – Word Problem Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 2

Practice adding within 20 by using the counting on strategy to solve word problems.

Counting On Strategy – Word Problems

When students are learning early addition strategies, they may become familiar with interpreting numbers and groups of objects. Challenge students to solve the word problems on this worksheet by using the counting on method.

Students will read the simple word problems, interpret the important information, and then show their thinking and solve the problem.

An answer key is included with your download to help make grading a breeze!

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding  

In addition to individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:


Challenge students to write additional word problems in similar styles to those in the worksheet.

Students who need extra support can use a number line to help solve the problems.

Easily Download & Print

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To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a write-and-wipe sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse.

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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This resource was created by Kendall Britnell, a teacher in Colorado and a Teach Starter Collaborator.


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