F
ind what you are solving for.

Look for the question mark.

Underline
the information that tells you what you are solving for.

 Underline them twice.
"Let's see, the first thing I need
to do is look for the question mark. There it is  right before that
it tells me the information I am solving for. I am going to underline
'How many CD's do they have altogether?' Now I am going to look for
key words. The key word here is altogether. I am going to underline
altogether twice."
A
sk yourself, "What information
is given?"

 Find number phrases and circle them.
"
Now I need to look for the important information. Let's see, in
the first sentence I know that Sam and Maria went to buy some
CDs. That's good information, but there are no number phrases
in that sentence. I'll move to the next sentence. 'Sam has 3 CD's
and Maria has 4 CD's'. That has number phrases in it. I'll circle
those phrases."

Write the equation with the numbers
in the correct order.
"Now that I know what I want to solve for, and I've
found the important information, I'm ready to set up the equation."

Reread the underlined sentences.
 Check highlighted key words.
 Explain the operation.
"I need to decide which operation to use.
I am going to go back and read the underlined sentence. 'How many
CD's do they altogether?' The key word is altogether. Altogether means
to add. I am going to add to see how many CD's Maria and Sam bought
together."



Say the name of the sign aloud.
"Let's see I need to look at the problem
and find the sign. Well, there is only one sign, so I will circle it.
It is an addition sign."
"The problem I need to solve is 3 plus 4."
A
nswer the problem or draw.


Be sure
to doublecheck your answer.
"Now I need
to answer the problem. I could draw the answer. If I drew the answer,
I'd put three tally marks for Sam's CD's, and I'd put four tally marks
for Maria's. Then I'd count up how many tally marks I have altogether.
But I don't need to draw the answer. I know that three plus four equals
seven."
"So,
I know that 3 + 4 = 7. I will write 7 for the answer. That is how
many CD's Sam and Maria have altogether."
