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Confronting the Confusion

of

Word Problems

By: Kisha Kiser

Enhancing Coherent Understanding of Mathematics Curriculum Standards

ECED 7259 – Dr. Luo

Spring 2009


How can students successfully master word problem skills when struggling to understand the question?

Problem…

  • Below Grade-level Readers

  • Vocabulary Deficiencies

  • Inadequate Problem-Solving Skills

  • Low Self-esteem, Lack of Confidence

  • Inability to apply real-life situations

Solution…

  • Educator Collaboration

  • Mathematical Vocabulary Enhancement

  • Promote Problem-Solving & Reasoning Skills

  • Build Background Knowledge

  • Make Real World Connections


3 when struggling to understand the question?rd Grade - Georgia Performance Standards

M3P1. Students will solve problems (using appropriate technology).

M3P2. Students will reason and evaluate mathematical arguments.

M3P3. Students will communicate mathematically.

M3P4. Students will make connections among mathematical ideas and to other disciplines.

M3P5. Students will represent mathematics in multiple ways.


3 when struggling to understand the question?rd Grade Activity: Kidspiration


4 when struggling to understand the question?th Grade - Georgia Performance Standards

M4P1. Students will solve problems (using appropriate technology).

M4P2. Students will reason and evaluate mathematical arguments.

M4P4. Students will make connections among mathematical ideas and to other disciplines.

M4P5. Students will represent mathematics in multiple ways.


4 when struggling to understand the question?th Grade Activity: Word Problem Wednesday


5th Grade - Georgia Performance Standards when struggling to understand the question?

M5P1. Students will solve problems (using appropriate technology).

M5P2. Students will reason and evaluate mathematical arguments.

M5P3. Students will communicate mathematically.

M5P4. Students will make connections among mathematical ideas and to other disciplines.

M5P5. Students will represent mathematics in multiple ways.


5th Grade Activity – Sensible Stepping thru Story Problems when struggling to understand the question?

Problem Solving Steps

Read the problem and underline the question.

Underline the important numbers and draw a box or circle around the important words.

Create and equation.

Solve the equation.

Ask yourself…Does my answer make sense?”


Across all three grade levels the key to solving word problems is teaching students to crack the code…

  • Preparation

  • Procedure

  • Practice


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