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Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer

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When it comes to formulas and word problems, most students panic! Let's admit it; word problems have gotten a bad rap over the years. Their reputation of being complex and impossible has been passed down by teachers, parents, and by the students themselves.

Since students today tend to be more visual than anything else, a graphic organizer becomes a valuable math tool. The triangular graphic organizer is generic so that it can be used to solve all kinds of formula problems such as d = rt, A = lw, or c2 = a2 + b2. This five page handout explains in detail how to use the graphic organizer. It also contains several examples as well as two blank triangular graphic organizers to copy and use in your classroom. One features the x symbol and the other uses the dot for multiplication.
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On  April 13, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thank you. Great tool.
On  April 13, 2014Scipi answered:
I am glad you like it. I still use even on the college level with my mathphobics.
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On  January 26, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thank you for this download. It is so practical and simple to use.
On  January 27, 2014Scipi answered:
Germaine - I hope it helps your students to "not" be afraid of word problems
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These look great!
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GREAT FOR ESL STUDENTS?
On  January 26, 2014Scipi answered:
Yes, this will work very well for ESL students.
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On  January 23, 2014,  Buyer said:
I used this with several struggling students and by the end of the lesson they were teaching others how find the answers and enter information into the charts. The structure was also helpful in teaching students which label goes with each part and what the label units per measure (i.e. miles per hour) actually means. My students are begging me to use it with the whole class.
On  January 24, 2014Scipi answered:
I so-o-o appreciate the specific and positive comments about this free graphic organizer. I am glad it is helping your students to not be afraid when it comes to working word problems!
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On  January 22, 2014,  Jennie S. said:
Really useful! Thanks a bunch!
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Jennie - So-o-o-0 glad you find this resource helpful.
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On  January 21, 2014,  Buyer said:
Really useful tool for my visual problem solvers. Thanks!
On  January 21, 2014Scipi answered:
Thank you for seeing the value in the graphic organizer.
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The flexibility of this makes it extra useful - for teachers and students alike. I know this will be helpful for our eighth grade science classes as well.
Thanks!
On  January 21, 2014Scipi answered:
Thank you for the specific and detailed comments. I believe your students will find this graphic organizer quite useful.
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My 5th graders HATE anything that has to do with word problems. I hope this will simplify it for them. I've tried many different ways to show them they aren't really that difficult. I hope this will turn on the light bulb for many of them. Thank you so much!!
On  January 21, 2014Scipi answered:
Tamera - It saddens me when students HATE math. Hopefully, this graphic organizer will help make solving word problems easier for them.
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Great idea for teaching Math!
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
So glad you like it. I hope it helps to make problem solving clearer for your students.
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On  January 20, 2014,  Terri A. said:
Thank you for sharing.
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
Terri - I trust this graphic organizer will be a useful addition to the way you teach your students to problem solve.
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On  January 20, 2014Math - It Works (TpT Seller) said:
Great way to keep track of formulas! Nice work.
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
Thanks so much for your comments. Coming from another math person is encouraging to me.
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I love this product. It works for me, so I know my students will love it, too!
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
I am so glad you find this graphic organizer to be useful in your classroom. Thanks for downloading it.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Interesting idea. Will hopefully help students work out problems using a visual aid.
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
You will find that having a visual will really help your students in setting up and doing the problems.
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great organizer
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Thanks so much!
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Thanks for sharing. My student will enjoy putting order to their word problems!
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
And it will make them easier to set up and solve!
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On  January 19, 2014Gwendolyn Huggins (TpT Seller) said:
I love demonstrating several ways to solving a problem to my students. So they won't feel locked in with learning one method. Thanks for a great resource.
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
Yes, it is so much better to solve problems using a variety of strategies.
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this is such a great idea..thank you for sharing
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You are more than welcomed.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
WOW! What a super idea! My students will appreciate it!
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
Norma - I trust this organizer will assist your students in setting up the problems correctly.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Cheryl B. said:
Thank you! My students struggle with word problems. I believe this graphic organizer will help them.
On  January 20, 2014Scipi answered:
I agree! If they can get the problem set up correctly, then solving it is easy.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thank you for sharing this freebie! I'm going to use it with my adult GED math students who often do panic when they see a word problem.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I currently use it with my remedial math college students, and for the first time, they can do word problems!
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As a new fourth grade math teacher, I really appreciate this resource. It's easy to understand and provides a "this will always work" approach to problem solving. The beauty is that the simplicity is applicable to so many areas of math teaching and learning. Excellent!
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Holly - Your specific and positive comments were a real encouragement to me. I am so glad you see the usefulness of this resource.
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My class will love the easy way to use the graphics. It will make their thinking visual. Thank you.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Summer - Yes, visuals are so important in today's teaching, especially in the area of math!
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wonderful product!
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Thank you for the positive feedback.
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And thank you for leaving feedback.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Roberta F. said:
I have used this with adults in GED Class. But this is much more detailed. Thanks,
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Roberta - I use this with my college students who are taking remedial math. They find it easy as well as self explanatory.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Very interesting! I like your detailed explanations, but am still trying to wrap my head around it and make it work for me. Thank you for a new idea that I hope to be able to make work for my fifth graders. I love ways to visualize and help kids figure things out.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I think providing visuals to students is essential, especially in the area of math.
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On  January 19, 2014Victoria Leon (TpT Seller) said:
Hi Scipi,
Congratulations on being featured in the TpT Newsletter! As always, you have created another great lesson. I think my school days would have been a lot easier if I had had you as a math teacher...
-Vicky
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Victoria - Thank you so much. You are always so kind and encouraging. By the way, I would have loved having you as a math student!
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Thanks so much
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You are more than welcomed.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Debbie O. said:
The problem solving model my school uses requires students to draw a picture. This would be a great alternative to the bar modeling option we now teach them. Giving students choice is always a good thing! Thanks for sharing!
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Debbie - I am glad this can be an alternative for your students. Let me know how it works for them.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thank you i have students who have really struggled to remember formula for anything this is sure to help.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
This does help students remember the formulas as well as whether to divide of multiply.
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very compact information.. thanks
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I appreciate the fact that you took the time to leave me some feedback.
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Thanks for sharing!
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And thank you for downloading it.
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Thank you!
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You are most welcomed.
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On  January 19, 2014RuthAnne Gregory (TpT Seller) said:
This is really awesome. I have so many students who could use this. Thanks
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
RuthAnne - I trust this will be a very useful graphic organizer for your students.
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On  January 19, 2014Science Stuff (TpT Seller) said:
Thank you so much for sharing this for free with our fellow teachers. I will definitely forward this to the math faculty at my school.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Amy - Our paths cross again. :>) I appreciate your kind words.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
I love the simple, clear concept of this! I'll use it with my 5th graders.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Your 5th graders should find problem solving with formulas much easier with this graphic.
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This is a great!
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Thank you for the positive feedback.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Great for my extension maths groups. Thanks.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I am glad to know of another way to use this graphic organizer. Thanks for the idea!
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thank you, this should help a 4th grader I'm tutoring with fractions.
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
Thank you for sharing how you will use this resource. I love getting new ideas from other teachers.
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This will be so helpful for my students.
Thanks!
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I believe it will make problem solving using formulas easier for most of your students.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thanks SO much for this terrific resource! I'm just sure it will be of great use with my struggling learners. I can't wait to try it out with them.
Laurie
On  January 19, 2014Scipi answered:
I have found that struggling students like using graphic organizer.
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On  November 11, 2013,  Sharon S. said:
This will be very helpful. Thank you!
On  November 11, 2013Scipi answered:
My students use this over and over as it helps to make word problems easier.
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On  August 29, 2013,  Buyer said:
nice idea for special ed
On  August 29, 2013Scipi answered:
I am so glad you think this resource will help your students. It has truly helped the "mathphobics" in my classroom.
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On  August 2, 2013,  Buyer said:
This is so creative. Looking forward to trying it out with my pre-algebra students as they had such a difficult time with "backwards problems" last year.
On  August 2, 2013Scipi answered:
I constantly use this in my remedial math college classes. It makes sense to the students.
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Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer
Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer
Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer
Solving Simple Math Formulas Using a Triangular Graphic Organizer