Solving Word Problems

# Solving Word Problems

## Solving Word Problems

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1. Solving Word Problems

2. “Word Problems scare me!”

3. “Word Problems make me nervous!”

4. “Word Problems? I just skip them!”

5. Don’t Worry! With just 4 easy steps, you can become… a Word Problem Whiz!

6. Step 1 UNDERSTAND the problem. What are you trying to figure out? Here’s an example:

7. Yesterday, Alex saw 14 birds in his backyard. Today, he saw 12. How many birds did he see in all? In this problem, what are you trying to figure out?

8. If you said: “How many birds did Alex see in all?” then… You’re right!

9. Step 2 Get a PLAN. How will you answer the question? Should you ADD or SUBTRACT?

10. Look for clues. Here are some CLUE WORDS that will help you decide what to do.

11. Addition Clue Words in all altogether sum total

12. Subtraction Clue Words how many more how many are left difference

13. Let’s look at the example again. Yesterday, Alex saw 14 birds in his backyard. Today, he saw 12. How many birds did he see in all? Do you see any CLUE WORDS?

14. If you said… “in all,” then… You’re right!

15. The words “in all” tell us that we should ADD! Now that we UNDERSTAND the problem, and have a PLAN, we’re ready for the next step!

16. Step 3 SOLVE it! Write a number sentence using the information in the problem, and…

17. Work it out!

18. Give it a try! Yesterday, Alex saw 14 birds in his backyard. Today, he saw 12. How many birds did he see in all? Write a number sentence and SOLVE it.

19. If you wrote… 14 + 12 = 26 then… You’re right!