Overcoming this early solution bias can be difficult, and it is much better to develop the habit of making a complete pass over the problem before deciding on a path to the solution.
There are particular words that seem to show up in word problems for different operations that can tip you off to what might be the correct operation to apply.
The simple addition word problems can be introduced very early, in first or second grade depending on student aptitude.
Follow those worksheets up with the subtraction word problems once subtraction concept are covered, and then proceed with multiplication and division word problems in the same fashion.
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These worksheets are primarily division word problems that introduce remainders.That's a clear example of when paying attention to the language is very important.One key bit of advice, especially for basic word problems, is to encourage students to draw a picture.Word problems are often a source of anxiety for students because we tend to introduce math operations in the abstract.Students struggle to apply even elementary operations to word problems unless they have been taught consistently to think about math operations in their day to day routines.And if you need help, check out word problem tricks at the bottom of this page!This is the first set of word problem worksheets the introduces multiplication.Make sure your student reads the entire problem first.It is very easy to start reading a word problem and think after the first sentence or two that 'I know what they're asking for...' and then have the problem take an entirely different turn.Talking with kids regularly about 'how many more do you need' or 'how many do you have left over' or other seemingly simple questions when asked regularly can build that basic number sense that helps enormously when word problems and applied math start to show up.There are many tricks for solving word problems that can bridge the gap, and they can be helpful tools if students are either struggling with where to start with a problem or just need a way to check their thinking on a particular problem.