Depending on the grade level of your student or child, a math word problem may involve simple addition to complex rate problems, and everything in between. This week’s blog will explore as many different resources as possible to support word problems in a comprehensive way.

### We will begin with several instructional strategies that are relevant for any content area:

1. Chunking
2. Graphic Organizers
3. Steps of the Process
4. Visual Guides
5. Models of Correct Work
6. Video Modeling
7. Incorporate Interests
8. Technology
9. Pneumonic Devices
10. Preview Learning

The first website that I offer is http://www.brightstorm.com/math/. This site has video demonstrations of just about every type of math problem in algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. You can also enter your own problem and get a solution. For \$4.99 a month, you can get an interactive online tool that will show you the steps to solving any math problem you enter.

### Example: Word Problems Using Systems of Equations

Word Problems Using Systems of Equations helps students learn methods for solving word problems that call for one to solve for more than one variable, and teaches through examples involving mixtures, rate, work, coins, age, digit sums, percentages, and more. Topics include:

There is quite an extensive library of PowerPoint presentations provided at the following website: http://www.lexington1.net/technology/?page=instruct/powerpoint.htm. One such PowerPoint highlights the steps and sub-steps to solving problems. The following is an excerpt:

### Step 1 – Understand the problem

• Find the important information.
• Write down the numbers.
• Identify what the problem wants you to solve.

Go to http://www.lexington1.net/technology/?page=instruct/powerpoint.htm for the rest of the PowerPoint.

I also recommend the following website for a comprehensive approach to math word problems:  https://autismsocietyofnc.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/math-word-problems-taking-tests/. Through the use of visual cues [highlighters, boxes], translation words, and social stories, a parent has helped make a plan for success.

The following website has an extensive library of math resources to capitalize on strengths and interests related to computers: http://mdusdautism.weebly.com/math-websites.html.

TeachersPayTeachers also has many graphic organizers and visual supports for solving word problems. Of course, some are available at a cost and others are free. The following is an example of a free graphic organizer:

If you have a wonderful tool or strategy for solving word problems, please share!

by Lisa Rogers

### 1 Comment

1. Once you have an idea of what you’re attempting to solve, you need to determine what formulas, steps, or equations should be utilized in order to find the correct answer. It is impossible to find an answer if you can’t determine what needs to be solved. Basically, what are the questions being asked by the problem?