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S-O-L-V-E. A word problem solving strategy. S: Study The Problem. Underline the question Answer the question, “What is this problem asking me to find?” in your own words. O: Organize the Facts . Identify each fact Eliminate unnecessary facts List all necessary facts. L: Line Up a plan .

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s o l v e

S-O-L-V-E

A word problem solving strategy

s study the problem
S: Study The Problem
  • Underline the question
  • Answer the question, “What is this problem asking me to find?” in your own words
o organize the facts
O: Organize the Facts
  • Identify each fact
  • Eliminate unnecessary facts
  • List all necessary facts
l line up a plan
L: Line Up a plan
  • Choose an operation or operations
  • Write in words what your plan of action will be
v verify your plan with action
V: verify your plan with action
  • Begin with estimating your answer
  • Carry out your plan
e examine your answer
E: Examine your answer
  • Does your answer make sense?

(compare your answer to the question)

  • Is your answer reasonable?

(compare your answer to your estimate)

  • Is your answer accurate?

(Check your work)

  • Write your answer in a complete sentence.
sample problem
Sample Problem

Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?

s study the problem1
S: Study the problem

Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?

The price of a taxi ride from the library to the mall.

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O: organize the facts
  • Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?
  • $2.00 Fee
  • $0.75 per mile
  • 11 miles from the library to the mall
l line up a plan1
L: Line up a plan

Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?

  • Multiplication and addition
  • Multiply the number of miles by the cost per mile. Add the fee to the product.
v verify your plan with action1
V: Verify your plan with Action

Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?

  • Estimate: Less than $13.00
  • 11($0.75) = $8.25
  • $8.25 + $2 = $10.25
e examine your answer1
E: Examine your answer

Chris wanted to take a taxi from the library to the mall. The taxi driver said there was a $2.00 fee plus $0.75 per mile. Chris knew the library was 11 miles from the mall. How much would the taxi ride cost?

  • It would cost Chris $10.25 to take a taxi from the library to the mall.