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Take your learners shopping and create an inequality to express how many items they can purchase. This video introduces a situation where your mathematicians must break down a word problem into an inequality. See how each step is done and what important information to look for. Use the extension activities for alternative ways to practice by rearranging the word problems. This is the fourth video in a six-part series about solving equations and inequalities. 
Arrays are great for multiplication, but what if a word problem doesn't ask for an array? Learn an effective strategy for visualizing multiplication word problems by using knowledge of arrays to draw diagrams. A brief review of how rows and columns create an array is followed by two examples of diagramming. This is the second of five videos focused on using operations as strategies to solve multiplication and division problems.
A line plot can be used to solve word problems and to track and interpret scientific data. The class is presented with a data set that tracks the growth of a plant. They will see how the information is plotted on a line plot and then used to answer specific questions about the plant. The line plot data set is comprised of fractional measurements, which is great if your class is learning how to compare fractions. 
Practice mental math using a activity full of subtraction word problems! First graders subtract slices of pizza, books from a shelf, and balls that are buried by a dog. They write the answer to each problem in the space provided after solving it in their heads. Helpful as a quiz or homework assignment to reinforce subtraction skills.
Learners solve word problems with a consumer math emphasis. This lesson plan also contains many strategies and questions learners can ask to solving problems.  There is also a bibliography included for resources on problem solving.
Students use five word problem solving skills to solve a variety of math word problems. They observe the teacher modelling the five steps, and in small groups complete two worksheet word problems. Students read the problem, find the data, diagram the problem, calculate the problem, and check their answer.
First graders, after listening to the story I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! think of a word problem of their own. They do this at their desks in their pre-assigned learning groups.
Students are exposed to a three-step process to solve word problems. They look for words in the problem that may give clues about whether to add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Students generate and utilize a list of math vocabulary words by identifying which operations they reflect and by using them when they create their own word problems.
Students create a photograph that illustrates one of the ways in which they use math. In this math and visual arts lesson, students write their own real-life word problems to accompany the photo.
Second graders develop a list of places, things, and clue words, and observe a demonstration on how to form math word problems. They create their own math word problems and an illustration for a class book.
Fifth graders finish the word problems on the Alpha Smarts and tell what they think about word problems. Then read the book Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith to see how it relates to the word problems and if it changed anyone's opinion about word problems.
First graders participate in a lesson that is cooperative in nature in order to devise strategies to help solve word problems. The students use blocks and try to represent the problems and solutions with the manipulatives.
Students are introduced to techniques to help them solve word problems in a more effective way. As a class, they perform the techniques together solving problems involving the concept of money. They review how to write a dollar amount and using decimals. They review all answers and attempt to solve problems on their own.
In this math learning exercise, students learn to read a word problem, write an equation, solve for the variable and write and label the answer. There are examples given at the top of the page although directions tell students to "use information on page 33" which is not included here.
In this word problems instructional activity, students use their addition skills to solve 20 word problems. Each of the problems include data that is irrelevant to solving the problems.
In this understanding word problems worksheet, students respond to 40 multiple choice and short answer questions that take them through the steps of solving math word problems.
In this word problems worksheet, students use their addition skills to solve 20 word problems. Each of the problems include data that is irrelevant to solving the problems.
Young scholars make up math word problems. In this word problems lesson plan, students use the program Kid Pix to make up word problems, pose questions, and seek answers.
Sixth graders create word problems. In this sixth grade mathematics lesson, 6th graders use digital cameras to photograph interesting events around school and create word problems for their photographs that address the key concepts taught within the fourth grade curriculum. The sixth graders share their problems with the fourth grade classes.