## Word Problems

November 30, 2010 by dailyteachertips

Word problems can be tricky. Some students struggle to decide which operation, or a combination thereof, should be used to determine the answer. I have discovered that underlining the question gives students a starting place. The second step is to circle the pertinent information. Visual learners can then see what’s important and ignore superfluous words. Just today, a second grader raised his hand. “Now I can see the things I need to remember!”

For example, “Kayla made an apple pie for dinner. She opened a bag of apples. She took out 9 apples for the pie. There were 28 apples left in the bag. How many apples were in the bag before she opened it?”

*Underline* How many apples were in the bag before she opened it?

*Circle* 9 and 28.

It’s much easier to figure out what needs to be done when the problem is boiled down to the basic information.

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