ICEE Math for Word Problems

I want to  introduce you to something my teammate showed me last year.

It's called ICEE math. And I love it!


You know how some people do a problem of the day or W.O.W (Word problems on Wednesdays)... well, I was really struggling with it when I moved to 1st grade a few years ago. I just couldn't figure out my "groove" for it. Well, if I'm being honest, I couldn't figure out how to teach 1st grade math. lol. First grade math is HARD... I love teaching math, but it was HARD coming from 3rd to 2nd to 1st grade...BUT, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it..haha!

So, back to ICEE math....

We do it every day BUT Wednesdays... since those are our early release days.  I print up the cards (usually I type them all Monday during planning and get the ready for the week) and each day I pass them out. There are 10 boxes on a page.. and I always match it up to our theme for the week and I  use their names. They get so excited to see if it's their name for that day's problem!


It took a few days, but they know how to set it up pretty quickly - a plus sign and glue the word problem in the middle and label each box.


The "I" box is for illustrating - they have gotten SO good at drawing out the math problem!
"C" is for calculations - write out the math problem
"E" is for Extra - show it another way
 the other "E" is for explain - SUPER hard for 1st graders



I spent a long time doing it with them each day... and then I started to release it to them... it's so awesome to see how it just clicks for them!


now... for the calculation, I started having them put a box for the "unknown" part of the equation...because our district tests require them to put it..better to get them used it, I guess.

The extra box - sometimes we do number bonds, sometimes we do ten frames, it just depends. They have gotten really good at drawing a ten frame. 


I try to print it on bright colored paper, so that it pops more on the paper - the kids love it! buuuuut, sometimes I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I forget to put the color paper in the printer. haha.... oh well. 


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6 comments

Tall Tale of a Teacher! said...

I love this! What math curriculum do you guys use? Do you have your word problems on TPT?

Jen R said...

I don't use the math curriculum we have for our district :)
I don't have the word problems up yet, but I am working on a year's pack now. :)

Tall Tale of a Teacher! said...

Love hearing this! What do you use instead? I have been looking.

Jen R said...

I actually pull from a variety of resources. I follow my district's pacing guide and our state standards and just go that route. I don't really use just one resource... kind of pull ideas from here and there.

Paulina Cameron said...

I believe that such a simple word as ICEE can really help the teachers teach math and the kids to understand math problem more clearly. If the kids are capable of understanding math tasks using only this approach they will learn the main principles of creative problem solving, and, in addition, they will be happy to follow other teacher’s instructions, like to consult the recommended essay writer online to write good essays in the future. I am fascinated by the teacher’s approach which is extremely creative and help the kids to realize that Math isn’t that difficult.

Joanna Taylor said...

I think what it`s a very good math curriculum for kids. He is interesting and not very hard. So kids can easy remember all information. Bud when they grow up they been used calculator and use special sites for help (some like that).

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