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  1. Does anyone know of good supplemental resources for teaching students how to unpack word problems? I am looking for something that would work with someone on the fifth to sixth grade level. Any websites or book recommendations would be wonderful!
  2. By this I mean word problems that *seem* like they don't have enough information to find the answer, but when you work them out the unknowns all fall out of the problem - you didn't actually need to know them to get a definite answer. An example we had in CWP yesterday (that had dd9.5 yelling about "not enough context"!!!!!): I tried bar diagrams (but dd9.5 hates them and resists them), and idk that I showed it very elegantly anyway. I tried working out the problem with manipulatives using several different starting amounts - showing there was the same answer each time. And I fi
  3. Our ds is currently enjoying & learning from a few topics from the Blue Series. I don't think we are candidates for the yearly curriculum since ds is so far, a below to average math student, and I am not strong in math. >cringe< But I must admit, I do enjoy learning alongside my ds and a good deal of MM's approach does click with both of us! OTOH, we are both stumped when it comes to MM's word problems! IMHO, they are tough! >blush< We both need step-by-step instructions for those pesky word problems, which I cannot find in MM. Is there anything else missing from MM
  4. She isn't a reader, so something online-website?-would be best, though a book with step-by-step explanations that are crystal clear would be great. TIA !
  5. These are for elementary math and posted free by the publisher. Fraction and decimals word problems Graphing and probability word problems Multiplication and division word problems Math measurement word problems Algebra word problems Geometry word problems Amusement Park Word Problems Starring Pre-Algebra Animal word problems starring Addition and Subtraction Big Truck and Car Word Problems Starring Multiplication and Division Fun Food word problems starring Fractions Space Word Problems Starring Ratios and Proportions Sports word problems starring Decimals and Percents I
  6. In doing the placement test and assessing where we are, I can see that Melissa needs a lot more drill on Math and Logic word problems. She's switching into Saxon 5/4 and her previous math program, while strong on concepts, was very week on word problems. I'd like to get her going on understanding how to break apart word problems and logically work through them over the summer. She's a rising 5th grader with some experience of word problems. Do you have any recommendations? I'd prefer non common core aligned, but if the best choice IS aligned, then I'll try to find it used. :)
  7. This is for my older who is doing 6th grade math. He has no issues with probability but has slight difficulty with the word problems for outliers/skewness and bias. He understands the concept of bell curve and skewness. Any recommendation for textbooks or workbooks to get more practice in wordy word problems for middle school? ETA Found these Glencoe California Algebra I Word Problem Practice (http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078778522/student_view0/student_workbooks.html) http://www.education.com/study-help/article/design-study-sampling-problems-ap-statistics/ ETA: I end u
  8. My ds is using MUS Algebra. He is just okay at math, but word problems are really hard for him. He can never figure out what is being asked of him. I get so frustrated because I don't know how to help him without feeding him the answer. Does anybody have any suggestions? I don't have any money to put into any curriculum, so that's out of the question.
  9. Hello to the Hive---I have a DS10 who started in public school for K and 1st grade, and I feel like we've been catching up on math ever since. He is great at the algorithms of math, but just awful at word problems. We use Singapore math and we're towards the end of 3A right now. I just graded one of his cumulative tests and he is having such a hard time figuring out word problems. We've tried focusing on them this summer, practicing more of them, but that doesn't seem to be helping him "get" how to do them. He is definitely not a naturally "mathy" child, he is my avid reader and writer. He's b
  10. We started Lial's with him in November and, while he understood the concepts and how to solve equations, he really struggled with putting word problems into equations. I decided to step back, that maybe he just wasn't ready for algebra yet. He did a review of pre-algebra concepts in the spring and had no problems. I handed him LOF a few weeks ago and again he's really having a hard time with understanding how to put the word problems into equations. Any advice? Any resources out there that explain this?
  11. My older dd is finishing up her pre-algebra book. We have worked every word problem in this text so far. I let her attempt them on her own first and then we go over the ones that need correction together on the board. She really has trouble knowing how to solves these many times...sigh...and yes we talk about steps in solving problems, tips like drawing pictures, asking what is the problem asking for, etc. etc. and over and over again. She has been working on her math attitude for so long now...I tell her half the battle is in attitude. She lets her mind drift or become over-emotional.(lol..th
  12. What would you recommend for a student in Algebra 1 who is really good at formulas and calculations but still has some difficulty with word problems? The problem is using the information given in word form to set up an equation. It happens often enough that we realize more practice is needed but I'm not great at coming up with explanations for how to approach these problems.
  13. I'm looking to supplement our math program with more challenging word problems, and am wondering about two resources: Singapore's Challenging Word Problems series and the Math Olympiad book from Art of Problem Solving. Anyone out there familiar with both and able to compare them? A couple things I am wondering: 1) Do you have to use Singapore's 'bar method' to solve their problems, or do they teach a variety of strategies? 2) Does the Math Olympiad book teach problem solving strategies explicitly, or is it only a collection of questions/problems with solutions? If the latter, are the s
  14. A variety of word problems for kids in grades/levels 5-12 is here.
  15. I had read several posts regarding Singapore's Challenging Word Problems (CWP). However, when I went on their website to have a look I noticed that they are "permanently out of stock" for most levels, including the levels I was interested in looking at (3 and 4). Can anyone recommend other supplements with challenging story problems?
  16. My son has been asking me for more word problems...he actually often takes the mental math from RightStart's warm-ups and turns them into word problems before doing the math. So...can anyone compare/contrast these two programs for me? Which do you prefer and why? as to level...ds will start RS C in about a month.
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