Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Multimedia Math Word Problems with Seesaw

Subject Area

Digital Literacy and Computer Science




Seesaw is an online portfolio that allows students to document their learning.  Students can use Seesaw to add artifacts throughout the year. This activity is to have students solve a word problem and explain it within Seesaw.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

    Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): 1


    Identify, demonstrate, and apply personal safe use of digital devices.

    Unpacked Content



    • personal information


    Students know:
    • how to use devices responsibly.
    • how to use software responsibly.
    • how to explain internet safety rules.


    Students are able to:
    • demonstrate responsible uses of devices such as keeping them clean, correct methods for use guided by an adult.
    • demonstrate responsible uses of software guided by an adult.
    • explain why safety is important when using computing devices and the internet.


    Students understand that:
  • they must use and care for equipment carefully.
  • they should use software that an adult has approved.
  • rules are important to follow when using a computer for their safety.
  • Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): 1


    Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

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    • image
    • cursor


    Students know:
    • how to type letters, words, and simple sentences.
    • how to delete letters, words, and simple sentences.
    • place the cursor where they need to delete or add.
    • how to draw a simple picture digitally.
    • insert, move, and size an image.


    Students are able to:
    • type, review, and edit typed text.
    • create a simple drawing using digital tools.
    • select, size, and place images.


    Students understand that:
    • an artifact they create using digital text, images, and drawings can be used to convey ideas and information.
    • because the artifacts are digital, they can be edited and revised easily.
    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): 1


    Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20 by using concrete objects, drawings, or equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

    Unpacked Content



    • Addend


    Students know:
    • The relationship between addition and subtraction.
    • how to explain subtraction as an unknown addend.


    Students are able to:
    • use symbols such as blanks, boxes, or letters to represent unknown quantities in equations.
    • Communicate the connections between subtraction and addition.
    • Use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction to find differences.
    • Choose and apply addition and subtraction strategies to accurately determine sums and differences within 20.


    Students understand that:
    • addition and subtraction have an inverse relationship that can be used to solve problems.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will use pictures, objects, drawings, and video to explain how to solve an addition word problem using three addends.

    Students will demonstrate safe use of digital devices.

    Students will produce authentic artifacts that include multimedia.


    Activity Details

    1. The student will log in to their Seesaw account.

    2. The student will take a picture of an addition word problem with three addends provided by the teacher.

    3. The student will use the tools within Seesaw to draw pictures, symbols, or equations to solve the problem.  They will record audio explaining what they are doing as they draw the picture.

    4. The student will click the green check mark to turn his or her solution in and add it to his or her portfolio.

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will review each student’s picture and audio.  The teacher will check for correct answers and how students solved the problem.  The teacher will observe students using digital devices safely.  The teacher will review the student's artifact for accuracy.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Before using this activity, teachers will need to set up a Seesaw account for each student.  The teacher will need to print a copy of a word problem for each student to use. The teacher will need to model how to use the tools within Seesaw for students and the students need to be proficient in using these tools.

    Digital Tools / Resources