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Showing posts with label math story problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math story problems. Show all posts

## One of the hardest things for little mathematicians is figuring out how to solve word problems in math.

I have a little strategy that helps in many cases: get them to visualize the situation.

The other day, my students were doing a word problem that included measuring a ribbon, and comparing it to another ribbon.

They looked a little confused, so I suggested they pictured the story problem in their minds. Then I started asking questions...

Then I kept going.

Then I worked on getting them to visualize the story.

And a little more directed questioning...

This pretty much wrapped it up! (pardon the "ribbon" pun!) They were able to use the picture in their minds to solve the number problem.

## This strategy helps in many cases!

In fact, after a while, they start to ask themselves these questions and can solve the problems by themselves!

Of course, independence is our goal, but we have to lead them there, don't we?

## Do you have the luck of the Irish?

St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, and here are some resources to get you ready!

And, of course, a nice sample of one of those things Ireland is famous for: Irish Step Dancing!

Check these discounted resources out! (They're two-dollar treats!)

This bundle contains the above resources, plus a few other resources at a HUGE discount!

I always make sure the children recognize the Irish Flag.

And listen to Irish music.

And, of course, books!

And books by some favorite authors:

I'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Week right after Read Across America Week!  I  just can't spend a day on any of these fabulous holidays! There is too much fun learning to be had!