Solving a math word problem is
like playing a video game.
When you play a video game, you have to work through
each level and find the tools to complete the game. Then
you can claim your prize!
When you work on a math word
problem with several steps, you have to
solve the problem in each step to get
the correct answer.
When you read the math problem, ask
“What do they want to know?”
“What do they want me to do?”
Find the silver crown in the enchanted castle.
Let’s just say that the answer to the math problem is
the silver crown.
Then you have to work through
several steps, collecting
Find the map.
The map is the first step of the math problem.
Use the answers from the first step
of the problem to help you with the
Use the map to find the golden keys on the next level.
The golden key is the next step in your problem.
Don’t get tired and stop.... They will
try to trick you into stopping before
your journey is over.
Keep working through the steps in the
problem until you find the information you
need to finally answer the question.
Use the golden keys to unlock the door to the magical
There may be more than 2 steps in your math problem.
If you keep working, you will find
the answer you seek.
The silver crown is yours!