The concept map of the word problem illustrates how to break
up these word problems and solve them.
Personally, I might add arrows indicating directions
on the lines as there is a definite flow of logic as well as a
show of connections between ideas. Especially in a problem like
8th grade problem 1 where you make that loop and plug something back
Especially for the first and second grade
questions, I would put next to the operations (-),(x), etc. the word
or phrase in the problem that indicates why it is that operation i.e.
"how many more" or "all have", which is an important step for kids
learning to solve word problems. The idea of concept mapping
these problems is pretty helpful for kids that have
trouble breaking apart word problems. This is a
major problem for a lot of kids.