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UNRAAVEL a Math Problem

UNRAAVEL Strategy presented by Larry I. Bell. Taken from Area 6 ALTs

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to do when ou are faced with a word problem.
Even Albert Einstein said: Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

..he may have been able to do even more with Math! Are you ready to learn how to UNRAAVEL a math problem?

U = Underline the
questionbuying five sets of markers Allison is
Find the question and Underline it!
We are going to practice UNRAAVEL with this one!

for each of her twelve art students. If each set of markers costs \$5.75, how much will she spend on markers? Sid has \$50.00. He bought two video games that cost \$14.00 each. He also bought a poster for \$5.69. How much money did he have left after his purchases? The students are asked to put their booth fifteen feet from the entry way on the path to the parking lot. The parking lot is sixty-two feet from the entry way. How far is their booth from the parking lot?

The soccer team scored six times as many goals during the regular season as they did during playoffs. The team scored forty-two goals during the regular season. How many goals were scored during the playoffs?

N = Now Predict
What Do You Think You Need to Do to Solve the Problem?
Do you think the answer will be larger or smaller? Do you think you will need to add, subtract, multiply, or divide? Are there any hints that you may need to estimate?

I predict that I will need to subtract. I saw the words: HAVE LEFT in the question.

Problem

Sid has \$50.00. He bought two video games that cost \$14.00 each. He also bought a poster for \$5.69. How much money did he have left after his purchases?

A = Are the Important

Words Circled? (especially the clue
words?)

Sid has \$50.00. He bought two video games that cost \$14.00 each. He also bought a poster for \$5.69. How much money did he have left after his purchases?

A = Apply the Steps You

Chose to Solve the Problem
\$14.00 X 2 \$28.00
Video Games

Tot al A mo unt Spe nt

Sid has \$50.00. He bought two video games that cost \$14.00 each. He also bought a poster for \$5.69. How much money did he have left after his purchases?

Sid

y ne o sM

\$ 50.00

- 33.69
t en sp e th ha W

\$16.31
Le fto ve r!

V = Verify
(Is it reasonable?

Does it Make Sense?)

\$16.31 IS reasonable because it is smaller than \$50.00. It would make sense to have this amount left after buying games and a poster.

E = Eliminate

Wrong

Too big.

Too big.

L = Let the Answer Stay or

Rework the Problem
I got that one correct, but I may have to rework the next one!

How do you UNRAAVEL?

U nderline the question N ow predict what you think you need to do to solve the problem R ead the word problem A re the important words circled? (especially clue words) A pply the step(s) you chose to solve the problem V erify your answer (is it reasonable; does it make sense?) E liminate wrong answers L et the answer stay or rework the problem Double check your work!

UNRAAVEL Strategy Adapted from the Work and Property of Larry Bell. (http://www.larry-bell.com/ ) PowerPoint Background and Animations from Animation Factory ( http://www.animationfactory.com ) Math Word Problems from Silver-Burdett Ginn Fifth Grade Math Book.

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