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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