Using Key Words to Unlock Math Word Problems

3rd - 8th

Young scholars identify word problem strategies. For this problem solving lesson, students act as "math coaches" to identify key words that indicate mathematical operations. Young scholars use a white board to complete each word problem

Resource Details

Interactive Whiteboards
30 mins

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Age Word Problems 1

A few word problems involving age are presented. Starting with a simple problem and progressing to more complicated word problems, Sal uses a chart to organize the information given in the more complicated problem in order to solve for the variable.

Age Word Problems 3

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Age Word Problems 2

Here are some more age word problems. The instructor uses a chart again to organize the information given. He works through the problem but ends the video with a solution that appears erroneous, but is actually correct. The answer seems too large for an age problem, but it is right.

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Using Key Words to Unlock Math Word Problems

Students act as math coaches to solve word problems. In this math word problems lesson, students brainstorm key words in math operations, create flash cards to review relationships between words and operations, coach each other in the problems, and write their own word problems.

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