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Published on Apr 23, 2009
Solving an arithmetic word problem is achieved by understanding the problem and deciding what to do: to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Two questions about the problem accomplish those goals: (1) What is happening, combining or separating? (2) How is it happening, just or neatly (by or into 2s, 3s, 4s, )? If the answers are combining and just, the problem is an addition problem. If separating and just, a subtraction problem. If combining and neatly, a multiplication problem, and if separating and neatly, a division problem. Go to MOVE IT Math™ on the web @ moveitmaththesource.com for lessons using Motley and mates to teach solving arithmetic word problems in elementary school math. The site is full of great basic math lessons that are effective with ALL children, including those who dont know what they ought to know by now and those who need enrichment. Please give us a chance to help you boost grades, increase test scores, and improve attitudes. EVERYONE can learn and like math. We are new to the web but have been making that happen for more than 35 years!