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Understanding Word Problems

- Lauren Williams

Objectives

- To be able to identify the different parts of a

word problem. Then solve the problem.

Three Steps to Understand

- Identify the parts
- Retell the problem
- Unpack the problem.

Understanding Word Problems

- Identify the Parts

Dont Jump to Solutions!!

STOP

READ THINK READ AGAIN !

Identify Parts of the Problem

- What are you being asked to find? (the

unknown)? - What facts are given (the known)?
- Is there any information that does not seem

important ?

What is the Unknown?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?.

What is the Unknown?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?

What is the Known?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?

What is the Known?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?

Anything really not important?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?

Anything really not important?

- Liz went to the circus. Plain balloons cost 12

cents each. Fancy balloons cost 16 cents each.

What would be the total cost for 5 plain and 5

fancy balloons?

Problem 2

- Lets try the skills we just learned!

Identify Parts of the Problem

- What are you being asked to find? (the

unknown)? - What facts are given (the known)?
- Is there any information that does not seem

important ?

What is the Unknown?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane,

Ellen, and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white

beads, and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will

look exactly the same. How many of each color

bead will be in each bracelet?

What is the Unknown?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane,

Ellen and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white

beads, and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will

look exactly the same. How many of each color

bead will be in each bracelet?

What is the Known?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane,

Ellen and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white

beads, and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will

look exactly the same. How many of each color

bead will be in each bracelet?

What is the Known?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane,

Ellen, and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white

beads, and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will

look exactly the same. How many of each color

bead will be in each bracelet?

Anything really not important?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane, Ellen,

and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white beads,

and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will look

exactly the same. How many of each color bead

will be in each bracelet?

Anything really not important?

- Elaine is making three bracelets for Jane, Ellen,

and Susan. She has 27 red beads, 21 white beads,

and 9 silver beads. Each bracelet will look

exactly the same. How many of each color bead

will be in each bracelet?

Dont Jump to Solutions!Jeopardy Game

- You get the answer and figure out the question!

Directions for the next few slides

- Look at the answer shown on the slide what is

highlighted? - What Title should be placed on each slide?
- What is the Unknown?
- What is the Known?
- What information is not important?
- READYGO!

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe

was the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft.

tall. Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times

taller is the giraffe than Casey?

What is the Known!

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe

was the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft.

tall. Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times

taller is the giraffe than Casey?

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

What is the Known!

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

What is Unknown!

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

What is the Unimportant Information!

- Caseys family went to the zoo. The giraffe was

the tallest animal they saw. It was 18 Ft. tall.

Casey is 4 ½ feet tall. How many times taller is

the giraffe than Casey?

Next Step

- Now you are ready to solve the problem!

Acknowledgements

- http//www.cut-the-knot.org/arithmetic/WProblem.sh

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