Deciphering Word Problems in Order to Write Equations

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Help young mathematicians crack the code of word problems with this three-lesson series on problem solving. Walking students step-by-step through the process of identifying key information, creating algebraic equations, and finally solving them, this is an excellent resource for any middle school math teacher.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work through these lessons during a middle school math unit on algebraic equations
  • Allow students to discuss their solutions to the practice problems with a partner, before going over them as a whole class
  • Extend student learning by having them create and solve their own word problems
Classroom Considerations

  • The third lesson in this series calls for students to have access to computers, so be sure to reserve the computer lab or mobile devices ahead of time
Pros

  • Tables are used to help students identify and organize key information in word problems
  • Resource includes all supporting materials needed to perform the lessons
  • Answer keys are included for each practice exercise
Cons

  • None