Monday, August 18, 2014

Easy Ways to Teach Word Problems

Hello guys, I am back with some fun ways to teach word problems. I began providing individual math assistance to a student during the end of last school year.  Like so many children, this student is a visual learner and was just plain confused about word problems. 

I would like to share some of the strategies that I presented to this student and to so many others over the years. These are tools that will help students navigate through the Common Core Standards as well as understand general math problems.

1.  Begin with blocks.  I purchased these from the dollar rack at Target.  Any type of blocks can be used.  This example involves a comparison word problem.  Comparison word problems require students to understand that known information can be used to determine unknown information.  

2.  Reinforce word problems with diagrams too.  We eventually worked our way up to more challenging word problems like the one shown below.  When we progressed to larger numbers, I used diagrams to represent numbers rather than blocks.  

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