Math Strategy Posters | Math Word Problems

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Do your students focus on operation key words to know what to do when solving math word problems?

No more key words! This resource is designed for teachers who want to teach their students how to analyze word problems without using word problem key words. With the operation situations in their mental toolkits, your students will never use key words again! 

What’s included?

This resource includes 17 colorful posters emphasizing the following operation situations: 

  • Joining (3 situations)
  • Separation (3 situations)
  • Part-Part-Whole (2 situations)
  • Comparing (6 situations)
  • Multiplication (1 situation)
  • Division (2 situations)

What’s unique about this pack?

This pack is designed to provide the support necessary to help your students successfully analyze word problems. To become successful at solving word problems, students must become proficient at identifying what’s happening in the problem situation. Students can do this by visualizing the situation and creating a mental picture of the actions that are taking place. Once they understand the actions, students can then connect them to symbols.

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I hope this pack helps to increase your students’ word problem analysis skills!- The Routty Math Teacher

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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