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REAL LIFE MATH or WORD PROBLEMS

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There are 4 basic steps that can help you to solve word problems. 4

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These four steps are: 1. Carefully read the problem. 2. Decide what is wanted by looking for key words. 3. Make a chart, a drawing, or place items in order to help organize your thoughts. 4. Use the information and solve the problem.

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When you have a word problem to solve, follow this order: 1. Carefully read the problem.

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Problem: Ann had five bags of marbles. In each bag were 15 marbles. How many marbles did Ann have? Hint: (1. Read the problem carefully.)

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2. Decide what is wanted by looking for key words. (Key words are words that tell you what needs to be done.)

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Ann had five bags of marbles. In each bag were 15 marbles. How many marbles did Ann have? Decide:What are the key words? Key words: How many

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How many usually means to total the items. This can be done by: CONSIDER Counting Adding or Multiplying

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3. Make a drawing, a chart, or place items in order to help organize your thoughts.

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4. Use the information and solve the problem.

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Solve the problem. Count = 75 Add: 15+15+15+15+15=75 Multiply: 15 X 5 = 75 Different methods can be used.

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Don’t forget: Just the number is not a complete answer! Make the answer complete: 75 marbles or even better- Ann has 75 marbles. 75

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Remember that there are four steps to help solve word problems. 1. Read the problem carefully.

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2. Decide what is wanted by looking for the key word or words.

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3. Make a drawing, a chart, or place items in order to help organize your thoughts

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4. Use the information and solve the problem.

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Now try this problem on your own!

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Jim is a cashier at a grocery store. He earns fifteen dollars a week. He works five hours a day - four days a week. How much does Jim earn in a week. (Follow all 4 steps.)

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