Solving Word Problems and Math Matters
1. I had trouble with the addition/subtraction word problems and sometimes categorized the problem incorrectly. So, I’m thinking I’m working out an addition problem when it is really a subtraction problem. I think it had more to do with the way I would choose to solve the problem. Did you have this issue with any of the word problem categories?
2. I really liked the use of Bar Diagrams. I felt like it gave a visual (almost tangible if you will) meaning to Part-Part-Whole problems. I really saw the relationship building that is explicitly shown with this method. It gives students more meaning than just addition or subtraction and shows relationships between the operations and how they work together. What do you think about using this method?
I think that using a variety of these teaching strategies for helping students learn to understand and solve word problems would be my preferred approach? Katie, what do you think, would you prefer to use one method over all others or a combination?
3. What book did you use from the Storyline Online? I used Library Lion. It is a cute book that I had read before (I realized once I was half way through) but I didn’t think it particularly lent itself to “math.” I think there are other books that are so much more of a tie to math? What do you think Katie, have you used other good math books?
4. After everything we have read, what do you think about Timed Facts Tests for math?
5. After reading the Case Studies, what do you think about giving students the choice of which manipulatives they can use to help problem solve? Would this cause more problems with keeping students focused on the problem solving versus walking around the room investigating available manipulatives?