How to Teach Multi-Step Word Problems to Grade 3

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Teaching multi-step word problems to grade three is something that you can do with techniques like circling the key numbers. Teach multi-step word problems to grade three with help from a private tutor with years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rachel. And today, we're going to be going over how to teach multi-step word problems to grade three. There's a few different things I like to teach my students. One is to circle the key words or key numbers. So, as they're reading the word problem, have them circle the information that's relevant, that they're going to use in the equation. Then have them set up the equation. And then, have them solve the equation after they've set it up. And the last step is to remember the units. A lot of times kids will get the right answer, but they'll forget to label it with the right units. And you'll have to mark points off. So that's very important. Let's look at a sample problem.Let's say that the problem is dealing with area. Third graders might be starting area and perimeter. So, perhaps you know, you have a word problem that says that, you know you want to find the area of a lawn. Where the area is let's say, five feet by seven feet, o.k. So then you set up your, you know you're going to have them circle the key numbers, five and seven. Then have them set up an equation, what do they know for area. They know that area A is equal the length times the width. So, five times seven, then have them solve that. A is going to equal 35. Then the final steps is the units. Make sure that they include the units. This is going to be feet and because it's area, it's going to be squared, feet squared. And that is how you solve a multi-step word problem. I'm Rachel and thank you for learning with me today.


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