# Word problem workshop

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Published on January 13, 2009

Author: ejboggs

Source: slideshare.net

Ms. Boggs’s Word Problem Workshop

Doing word problems can be tricky if you don’t know what clues to look for. Every word problem contains code words to help us solve them.

The following pages will show you certain words to look for and hopefully make doing word problems a lot more fun!

Steps for Solving Word Problems READ IT! PLAN IT! SOLVE IT! CHECK IT!

PLAN IT!

SOLVE IT!

CHECK IT!

How do we do that? 1. Read the word problem carefully. 2. Find your clue words and CIRCLE THEM ! 3. Identify the question(s)* 4. Plan how to solve the problem. (Drawing pictures helps!!) 5. Work the plan to solve the problem

1. Read the word problem carefully.

2. Find your clue words and CIRCLE THEM !

3. Identify the question(s)*

4. Plan how to solve the problem. (Drawing pictures helps!!)

5. Work the plan to solve the problem

Let’s look at some of our “Clue” words!

Addition Sum Total added to plus increases by in all both together altogether

Sum

Total

plus

increases by

in all

both

together

altogether

Subtraction Difference fewer less decreased by minus how much more how much less remain

Difference

fewer

less

decreased by

minus

how much more

how much less

remain

Multiplication Of ( ½ of) each product times twice at (at \$2 each)

Of ( ½ of)

each

product

times

twice

at (at \$2 each)

Division Into each how much did each quotient half distribute share

Into

each

how much did each

quotient

half

distribute

share

Okay, let’s practice some problems! Remember to follow the steps!

Okay, let’s practice some problems! Remember to follow the steps!

1. A store received a shipment of car parts. One box contained 148 parts, another had 132 parts, and the third had 216 parts. How many parts were received in all?

2. Together a truck and its cargo weigh 24,525 pounds. When the truck is empty, it weighs 12,750 pounds. What is the weight of the cargo?

3. There are 68 street lights along Main Street. Each light uses 4,225 watts of electrical power. When all of the lights are on, how many watts of electrical power are being used?

4. Last year a total of 5,904 people attended the Hawks’ home basketball games. There were 36 home games, and the same number of people attended each game. How many people attended each home game?

5. A bakery used the following amounts of milk: 9,421 kilograms; 6,125 kilograms; 8,123 kilograms; and 8,584 kilograms. What was the total amount of milk used?

6. Mount McKinley is 20,320 feet high. Mount Kennedy is 16,286 feet high. How much higher is Mount McKinley than Mount Kennedy?

Keep Working on the problems in your packet.

But don’t forget to… Read it Plan it Solve it Check it

Plan it

Solve it

Check it

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