Math: Story Problems
you have a sore foot and are clueless how to fix it? Well, here's a clue - eat
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Print out this page, or project it
on a big screen
Math textbook(s) with story problems
No. 2 pencil with eraser
A detective looks for "clues" in a
crime scene. You can do the same thing - look for "clues" - when trying to
solve a math story problem.
There are usually one or more "clue
words" in a story problem which guide you on whether you need to add, subtract,
multiply, or divide in order to find the correct solution.
Take a look at these four lists of
clue words, and then open up your math textbook, find several story problems,
and lightly circle with a pencil any of these clue words that you see. Then, on
the scratch paper, solve the problem.
Go over your results with an adult
or other student, and once you are sure you got 100%, then erase your pencil
marks. That's a "clue" that goes for anything in life - if you make a mess
(pencil marks), clean it up (erase them!).
change (coins, money)
by (height, width, depth)
half (or a fraction)
(division and subtraction clue words are similar; division
is needed if you know the total, but are asked to tell the size or number of
"one" or "each")