Need to practice
03152009, 06:52 PM


They need independent practice after each day's modeled problem. Write a similar problem. It could even be exactly the same words, but chance the numbers to create a new problem. Leave the model up on the board, overhead or elmo so they can see the steps. Then let them solve the second problem. Then check and discuss.
Be sure to circle key words that "tell" you what operation to use. This is what they really need to internalize so they know weather to add, subtract, mutiply or divide.
At the end of the week I would give them 4 or 5 repeated problems to do again as a mixed review.
You might also act out the probelms using props like money and products they are purchasing in the problem.
This skill takes a great deal of practice. I give my students at least 8 word problems a day. Some are two step and some are a single step.
