>MATH: HOW TO SOLVE WORD PROBLEMS IN 7 EASY STEPS
Break it down … Keep it clean & simple!
highlighters, pencils, erasers, rulers, Math notebook (graph/grid paper)
Read the questions carefully. Do you understand the vocabulary?
Do you understand what’s being asked?
Highlight the question & the important information (data).
Using your ruler, draw a line through the information that you don’t need.
(A) Copy the question (exactly as it appears) into your notebook.
e.g. “How many CDs does Simon have?”
(B) Copy the information/data into your notebook.
Use point form. Keep it simple!
(C) Choose an operation and solve. Now reflect/estimate: Does your answer “look right”?
(D) Rewrite the answer the form of a statement.
e.g. “Simon has 68 CDs.”
Now try it on your own!
A Word of Advice:
I encourage you to copy, print & paste these instructions into your child’s math notebook. Posting these steps on the wall in your child’s homework area is a great idea too!