Math Matters: 2 Problem Solving Strategies | Teaching with Nancy


Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Most students sigh at the sight of a story problem.  Why? Because they require both reading and math and often involve multiple computations.  This is constantly an area data shows students need to grow in. Here are a couple of tips and a resource you can use to support your students in mastering story problems. 1. Identify Key Words Story problems need to be turned into equations in order to be solved.  The only way to do that is to identify the important information.  It is vital students readily identify key words in a problem in order to determine what operation(s) they need to use.  This is often the place where students make the most mistakes. An anchor chart provides students a great visual resource to reference when working to solve story problems.  By learning these key terms students will be more confident they are setting up their equation correctly.  Here is an anchor chart shared from the classroom of Theresa Copeland over at True Life I’m a Teacher: Where Life and Teaching Collide. The best anchor charts are those you create together with your students.  The anchor chart below is the final product of multiple lessons Theresa did with her fourth graders. 2. Identify Important Information Not all the information […]

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