When it comes to solving word problems that involve multiple steps, many students do not know where to start. This checklist helps students develop a routine for approaching, solving, and checking word problems. This has GREATLY helped my own special education and ESL students in the past!! This checklist is adaptable to any math word problem. It also helps students become accountable for their work and enables teachers to provide students with feedback and next steps!
The checklist takes into consideration the common mistakes/ struggles that students have when solving multi-step word problems, such as:
- closely reading & pulling out the important information
- actually answering the question asked in the problem
- keeping track of steps
- keeping track of what the numbers in the problem/their work actually mean
- checking their work to see if their answer makes sense
This checklist is broken down into three parts: before, during, and after. I have found it is worth it to take the time to teach students to follow this process when solving word problems because after a while, this routine will become second nature to them.
Note: In the "Before" process the checklist asks students to CUBE the problem. This just helps students develop an awareness for recognizing important math words and numbers in the problem. CUBE stands for":
C= circle key numbers
U= underline question
B=box math action words
E= Evaluate & Draw