ind what you are solving for.
Look for the question mark.
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
sk yourself, "What information
- 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
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
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."
nswer the problem or draw.
to double-check 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
I know that 3 + 4 = 7. I will write 7 for the answer. That is how
many CD's Sam and Maria have altogether."