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In this math worksheet, students learn to solve word problems by working backwards. Students read the 20 word problems and solve them, choosing the best answer from 4 choices. There are helpful hints on the page to clue students to work backwards. Note: The directions refer students to "page 13" which is not included here; problems can be solved without this page.
Sixth graders make up their own math problems. There is only one restriction. That is, the answer has to be the one you are going to give them in a sealed envelope. The problems that they make up can be anything they like. Let Students work on the problem together in small groups. Help the ones who are having trouble. Those who finish quickly could be asked to make up another problem using another envelope.
Could anyone really eat 15 feet of a sub sandwich in one day? That's how much this math problem says he ate. He actually started out with a bigger sub sandwich. How big was it to start? The instructor uses a table to illustrate how you can work backwards to find the answer.
Eighth graders observe and demonstrate how to solve open ended problems using listing/acting out and working backwards strategies. They define key vocabulary terms, read and discuss the problem solving process, and observe the teacher solve a problem modeling the problem solving strategies.
It's all about working backwards in this problem-solving learning exercise, which has mathematicians examining 6 scenarios and writing out their calculations to solve each. The first 2 are started to guide scholars in this concept, which includes adding and subtracting fractions to get their answers.
Here is a fabulous lesson plan on problem solving strategies for your charges. In it, learners are presented with many excellent techniques they can use when faced with a multi-step math word problem. Some terrific blackline masters are embedded in this amazingly-well-designed plan.
Here is a royal lesson which presents a challenging math word problem for your charges. Learners must work together to develop strategies they can use to determine how many mangoes are left in the castle kitchen. The lesson offers concrete strategies for the groups to utilize in order to solve the problem. Plenty of good oral communication around the problem is required. An excellent multiple-step real-life application math lesson!