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    By ALI

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    I don't like word problems at all! One thing I do with my students is tell them to read the problem and then read the question it is asking. Then we underline the important information we NEED to know in order to solve the problem. We cross out the information that is not important. For example, Timmy went to a baseball game for his birthday. He brought 10 friends. Each friend ate 2 hotdogs. How many hotdogs did they eat in all? It's really not important to know that Timmy went to the baseball game for his birthday. That doesn't help us solve the problem, so we cross that out. Word problems can look overwhelming, so crossing out what we don't need to know helps. I also tell them to visualize the word problem in their head-picture 10 friends sitting in a row at a game, and each friend is holding 2 hotdogs in their hands.

    For my students who may have trouble visualizing that, I allow them to draw a picture. Ultimately we get away from that, but when learning a new concept whether it be division or multiplication it helps to use manipulatives and pictures. They may draw 10 bodies and each one holding two hotdogs. Then I get them to write 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 to represent each friend holding two hotdogs using numbers. Then we go from there.

    I'm no expert at this, but it helps my students. I would definitely appreciate more helpful hints too!



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