Identifying Key Words

in Math Word Problems In order to convert word problems

into equations, we need to find

key words to decide whether to

add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Key Words for Addition: sum

plus

and

total

increase

more

raise

both

combined

in all

altogether

additional

extra Key Words for Subtraction: less than

more than

decrease

difference

reduce

change

lost

nearer

further

left

remain

fell

dropped Key Words for Multiplication: product

of

multiplied

times

as much

lost

by

twice Key Words for Division: divide evenly

cut

split

each

every

average

equal pieces

out of

ratio

shared

quotient Your turn! Identify the key word in order to form an addition equation: Answer: Billy has three goats, two pigs, six chickens, and five horses. How many animals does Billy have in all? "in all" Your turn! Identify the key word in order to form a subtraction equation: Jacob has 100 candies in his bag and Annie has 30 less than Jacob. How many candies does Annie have? Answer: "less than" Your Turn! Identify the key word in order to form a multiplication equation: Megan just got a new puppy for her birthday. Her biggest reponsibility is feeding her puppy two times a day every day of the week. How many times will Megan feed her puppy in a week? Answer: "times" Your Turn! Identify the key word in order to form a division equation: At the end of a work day, a baker had thirty pastries left over. He decided to divide the leftovers evenly among six workers. How many pastries did each worker get? Answer: "divide evenly" Good Job

Everyone! 3+2+6+5=16 animals 100-30=70 candies 2 x 7 = 14 times a week 30 / 6 = 5 pastries each

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# Identifying Key Words in Math Word Problems

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