Word Problem Strategies

Students need to be taught how to think through solving a mathematical word problem.  
  
SISD recommends teaching students the Understand Plan Solve Check (UPS Check) method to have students think about what a question is asking and to break the question into parts that identify the essential pieces needed to solve the question.  This strategy is not just for students to practice with occasionally, but to be implemented with fidelity throughout the school year (until the student understands the strategy and uses it independently).
     
At times, even UPS Check needs to be broken down for some students.  Included in the resources is a 9 step process to solving a mathematical word problem and how each step fits into the 4 steps of UPS Check.  

UPS Check Primary


UPS Check Secondary




Word Problem Strategies - Resources



Word Problem Strategies