From the Principal's Desk
Focus on Learning - March 2012
ACADEMICALLY PREPARED PERSONS ARE PROFICIENT IN MATH SKILLS.
Math word problems often send shivers up children’s spines. Share these steps to help your child take them in stride.
Read the problem silently. Then, look for directions that tell you which operation you’ll use to solve the problem. Examples: “Altogether” and “total” signal addition or multiplication. “How much is left” and “how many more” signal subtraction.
Pick out all the numbers. Remember, some may be written as words (“dozen,” “twice as many”).
Read the problem aloud and try to visualize it in your head. Or draw a picture or diagram of the problem on paper.
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