# UPSC - Graphic Organizer for Solving Word Problems

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### Description

To best understand how this UPSC (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check) graphic organizer supports students' understanding of word problems, visit: https://eatpraysolveforx.com/2019/02/05/math-gibberish-the-upsc-approach-to-teaching-word-problems/

For those of you familiar with Cue Think, this resource is almost a paper version of the process.

The acronym stands for the following:

**Understand: **Asks students to identify the question and information given

**Plan: **Students set up their solving process (i.e. - *defining operations & variables*)

**Solve: **Students estimate, write an equation, and solve it.

**Check: ** Students write a sentence to interpret their work.

This set of UPSC questions is geared toward the beginning of the year in Math 7/ Math 8/ Algebra 1, especially for students who struggle with vocabulary and structure.

Click on the hyperlink for the a DIGITAL version of this resource. I will also be creating a 2nd version of UPSC geared toward writing and solving linear equations.

To access Digital Vocabulary Practice that helps prepare students for decoding word problems, visit the following TPT resources:

Thanks for choosing this resource! It has done wonders for my high school Algebra 1 students (gen ed, ESOL, and special ed) - the year we implemented it our state scores improved immensely. I also chose to use this as a data checkpoint for my teacher evaluation, and 95% of my ESOL students were successful with implementation by the end of the year.