Solving Word Problems


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.


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