Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
Word problems… Yuck! They can be such a struggle.
Today, we are going to be chatting about math word problems and I am going to give you a fantastic strategy to use with your students. This strategy will become a routine in your classroom that I think will help your students resolve more problems with any operation.
I used this routine in my classroom and it made a huge difference and that’s exactly why I want to share it with you too!
Episode 93 Takeaways:
- Don’t use keywords as a strategy when solving word problems.
- Teach your students to use all four steps every time they encounter a math word problem.
- Have them read the entire problem without a writing utensil in their hand.
- Tell your students to re-read as they draw a model.
- Don’t let them start writing an equation until they have drawn a model that makes sense.
- Answers should be written in a complete sentence.
- Writing math answers in complete sentences is wonderful grammar and writing practice.
I hope that you and your students have fun practicing this word problem procedure in your classroom and that it’s a huge help to you.
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