**Solving Word Problems**

Barbara Trotter O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy

6024 West Warrick

Chicago, Illinois 60634

312-974-8440

**Objectives**:

(Intermediate and upper grades.)

To Teach intermediate students several different techniques for solving Word

Problems.

**Materials needed**:

Overhead projector, the three different strategies dittos, and Bingo

manipulatives for the culminating exercise.

**Strategies**:

Demonstrate and explain why it is important to study word problems. Show by

examples that word problems are found in all subjects including Social Studies,

Science, Language Arts, and every day life. Present and demonstrate the three

different strategies, as you would in the classroom. The strategies are:

Determining the procedure, finding the clue words, changing the problem to a

number sentence, getting the inverse of the problem, make a good estimation and

solving the problem.

Finding the characters, setting, plot, problem, and the resolve or solution.

Get an understanding of the problem, which includes who, what, how many or much,

planning a solution and finding the answer.

**Conclusion**:

The students will not be expected to use all of the strategies or even all of

one, but to determine what will work for them and use that one.

**Evaluation**:

To determine if the students have assimilated the concepts, they will play Word

Problem Bingo. The word problems will be projected on the overhead and the

answers will be on the individual game cards. The first one to get four

consecutive numbers in any direction, wins.

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