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## Problem Solving Strategies

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Draw a Picture Read & understand Reflect & check Use your strategy to solve the problem 1 Plan 2 3 4 The Four-Step Method Strategies Make a Graph or Table Find a Pattern Work Backward Write a Number Sentence Day Number of Butterflies N u m b e r o f S tu d e n ts Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 14 8 20 26 ? \$ 7 m \$ 16 \$ 16 \$ 7 m Day 1 243 miles 168 miles 212 miles allowance candy drink Day 2 \$ 16 \$ 7 = m \$ 16 \$ 7 = \$ 9 m = \$ 9 Day 3 ? What do I need to find? Identify and underline clue words Look for something that changes in a predictable way. Identify the steps in a problem and work backward doing the reverse of each step. Make a graph or a table to compare information and to see patterns. Write a number sentence and solve it to find the missing part. Did I answer the question? Is my answer probable? Which strategy do I use? Draw a picture Find a pattern Make a graph or table Write a number sentence Work backwards TOTAL ? \$ 3 \$ 2 Draw a picture when the problem describes some action. ? + \$ 3 + \$ 2 \$ 5 \$ 5 money left allowance candy drink money left Clue Words Clue Words Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division sum total in all difference how much more product total times share average quotient © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 93-4310 www.newpathlearning.com Problem-Solving Strategies