Math word problems can be a real bear, especially for children who struggle with reading comprehension or for those learning to speak English as a second language. The good news is that there are a few strategies for helping to take the drudgery out of word problems. One is to help children develop the habit of visualizing; another is to group problems by type and identify words that are likely to be used in the problem; and the third is to help children learn to sketch out what is happening in the word problem. Download Understanding Counting On for a free lesson that includes these strategies.
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