Reflection: Coherence Start! Change! Result! A Strategy to understand solving word problems. - Section 2: What is a "Situation Equation?"


I have learned that teaching kids to think about word problems as a situation helps them understand that it  could be real. To fully satisfy the standard means that I need to get students to think everything through, look for patterns, show understanding of where the total is, or what is changing. If we can find an equation that tells what the situation really is, we can understand it better. I talked about what it is like to "turn the TV on" in their heads as they solve, much like we do in reading. I said, "Play out the problem in your head." This is the same strategy used in reading. It works really well for word problems!

  Turn the TV On!
  Coherence: Turn the TV On!
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Start! Change! Result! A Strategy to understand solving word problems.

Unit 12: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT solve word problems by applying strategies that help them understand the meaning of the problem so that they can then set up and solve equations.

Big Idea: Use the Start, Change & Result strategy and "Math Mountains" to help students understand how to set up and solve equations that are hidden in word problems.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, word problems, strategies, equation, dissecting word problems
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