# How to Solve Word Problems

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How to Solve Word Problems

If you want to get the right answer…
you’ve got to ask the right question!

Grace Stasny Strategy A fish tank contains 4 large fish and 80 small fish. How many fish are there in the tank? fish A. ________________ What are you looking for? (noun) Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT? 4 large fish B. ________________ ________________ What 2 things do you know? (# and noun) 80 small fish C. A S M D Think: Do you think there are MORE than 80 fish, or LESS than 80 fish? 80 small fish + 4 large fish 84 fish

Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT?
Grace Stasny Strategy Mr. Brown is 35 years old. His son, Nathan is 26 years younger than him. How many years old is Nathan? years A. ________________ What are you looking for? (noun) Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT? 35 years B. ________________ ________________ What 2 things do you know? (# and noun) 26 years C. A S M D Think: Do you think the son is MORE than 35 years old, or LESS than 35 years old? 2 15 35 years - 26 years 9 years

Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT?
Grace Stasny Strategy Aunt Amy has planned 6 games for her daughter’s birthday party. Each game will have 3 prizes. How many prizes does she need to plan for? prizes A. ________________ What are you looking for? (noun) Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT? 6 games B. ________________ ________________ What 2 things do you know? (# and noun) 3 prizes C. A S M D Think: Do you think there will be MORE than 3 prizes, or LESS than 3 prizes? 6 games x 3 prizes 18 prizes

Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT?
Grace Stasny Strategy A class picnic will cost about \$50. If there are 17 students in a class, how much money should each student bring? Money (dollars) A. ________________ What are you looking for? (noun) Think: Are the nouns ALL THE SAME, or MIGHTY DIFFERENT? 50 dollars B. ________________ ________________ What 2 things do you know? (# and noun) 17 students C. A S M D Think: Do you think each student should bring MORE than \$50, or LESS than \$50? \$50 ÷ 17 students = \$2.95

+ Addition Clue Words Sum Plus In all (x) Altogether (x) Total (x)
Combined Joined Some of these clue words can also mean multiplication!!! Use Grace Stasny to see if the nouns are all the same or mighty different! Some of these clue words can also mean multiplication!!! Use Grace Stasny to see if the nouns are all the same or mighty different! Some of these clue words can also mean multiplication!!! Use Grace Stasny to see if the nouns are all the same or mighty different!

Subtraction Clue Words
- Subtraction Clue Words Difference Left Minus Less Change Remaining Take away Decrease How many/much more How many/much less -ER words: lower wider greater older taller shorter longer higher younger newer smaller slower faster bigger fewer

x Multiplication Product Times Twice Altogether (+) Total (+) Each (÷)
Some of these clue words can also mean addition!!! Use Grace Stasny to see if the nouns are all the same or mighty different!

÷ Division Quotient Each (x) Separate Apiece Half Equal Per Share
Split