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4 Steps to Solving a Problem

It takes 4 steps to solve any mathematical story problem. I believe this would be useful for teaching 3rd graders to solve story problems and have a better understanding of how they solved it.
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Kevin Stier

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of 4 Steps to Solving a Problem

4 Steps to Solving a Story Problem 1. Clues
read the problem carefully
underline clue words
2. Game Plan
define your game plan
have you seen a problem like this before?
identify what you did 3. Solve
use your strategies to solve the problem

4. Reflect
look over your solution
Ask yourself how probable the answer is
look at the units of the problem Solve the following questions... 1. John starts out his day with five apples. Jane is mean and decides to steal two of John's apples. How many apples does John have left? 2. Amy has ten dollars. She buys three pencils for three dollars. She also buys some gum for one dollar. How much money does she have left? Strategies to Solving Problems-
draw a picture
trial and error
use prior knowledge
work backwards
act it out
make the problem simpler
logical reasoning 3. Kevin has six dollars. He finds nine dollars. How much money does he have now? 4. Jimmy lost a toy. His parents bought him two toys. He found his missing toy. How many toys does he have now? If you solved the previous questions correctly, then you have learned the 4 steps to solving a story problem.
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