Hi! Okay, so... I teach third grade...! I'm a firm believer in word problems. Kids absolutely HAVE TO learn how take the word problem apart and decide the best method to use to solve the problem. Too many kids still read a word problem, locate the 2 numbers it involves, and simply add them together without reading through the problem and planning what they're going to do. That being said... in grade 3... how IMPORTANT is it that the child read the word problem to himself? I have a boy who is wicked bright in math.. but when we get to the word problem, he freezes since he's "no good at reading." (as he says) IF I read the problem aloud to him he's good to go... often can do the work in his head and jots down the correct answer 99% of the time. Should he be able to read the problems himself? While I know that it's their math computation that I am assessing, I also feel that it's important that they read and comprehend what the word problem is asking them. This same kid also hates writing.. and when I say "Explain how you got your answer" to a word problem... he writes "I just knowed it" or "Why?" :lol::lol: Any thoughts?