These are the steps to solving word problems that our class practices daily.
Step 1: “Read the problem carefully” ~ We read the problem 2 times.
Step 2: “Underline the facts” ~ We underline our question. We look at the subject of the question. We then underline or circle any numbers that pertain to that subject.
Step 3: “Draw a picture” ~ A picture is drawn to help us understand what is happening in the problem.
Step 4: “Write a number sentence” ~ We set up the problem.
Step 5: “Solve the problem” ~ We always show our work when solving the problem.
Step 6: “Check the answer” ~ We make sure our answer is reasonable and that we have bubbled in an answer.
Image of poster by Carsondellosa.com “Steps to Solving Word Problems”