3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 9:43 PM by abeanland RSS

What are some good resources to teach students how to solve word problems?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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Have you found any good ideas for teaching word problems?  Tammy Dewan mentions here some of the resources she likes--

 

 

  • the ReadWriteThink lesson plan called QARs + Tables = Successful Comprehension of Math Word Problems.  Here the students learn and apply the question-answer relationship (QAR) strategy to word problems that refer to data displayed in a table.  Looking at this table, I feel this is a great way to get students to use higher-order thinking skills and apply those to math problems. 

 

 

Then if you really want to challenge your students, you can try Illuminations’ reviewed website, Age Word Problems, and have students solve classic mathematical logic problems. 

  • Re: What are some good resources to teach students how to solve word problems?
    c2urbano New User
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    Did you attend Dan Meyer's session at NCTM?  He really got folks thinking about word problems.  I am not sure if his session is online but he also has a TED talk about rethinking how we teach word problems that really gets you thinking.   You can see his TED talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html

  • Re: What are some good resources to teach students how to solve word problems?
    twogden New User
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    Yes these seem a bit elementary.  But I'm struck by the fact that the seniors in the high school where I teach are coming to me and asking the simplest of banking questions - "How do I write a check?  How do I set up my own bank account?  How do I make sure that I'm not getting ripped-off?  How should I pay my bills? How do I set up a bank book?  How do I use the computer for banking and budgeting?"  They're clamouring for everyday math matching the type of problems promoted in the linked websites.

     

    These sites are very good, and with some modification they would work well with high school seniors. This is nice to know.  Also, the information at ecoedlink and readwritethink could be modified to teach important math concepts.

  • Re: What are some good resources to teach students how to solve word problems?
    abeanland New User
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    We used to teach a senior seminar class that focused on life skills including writing checks, bank accounts, etc.  We no longer teach this class to our seniors and I am wondering why. We do teach a section of consumer math in our high school and it is intended for the struggling math student.  It is very beneficial, but is reaching so few of our students.  I think these resources that you have listed above are great for incorporating these skills at a young age.  I am planning on using them with my students and hopefully life skills will make more sense at the high school level.  Meanwhile, I am talking to the administration about the necessity of a life skills math class at the high school. 

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