This year we will be practicing how to solve many different types of maths problems. Reading and understanding maths worded problems can be quite a challenge for many of us, so we have started to look at some strategies that can helps us work out how to solve these problems.
This first strategy we have looked at is the ‘CUBES’ strategy. Cubes stands for
Check out this video with demonstrates clearly how to use this strategy.
We used a cube template and colour coded each letter so that when we solve worded problems we can use each colour as a key to remembering each step to take to solve complicated worded problems. Mrs Baldwin also discussed with us how we should write our final answer in a sentence because the question was written as a word problem. Check out some of our work here!
A few days later our class then focused on the ‘clue words’ to look for in worded problems. Sometimes we can find it difficult to decide if the question is asking us to use addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to solve the problem so we need to look for these ‘clue words’ which help us make this decision for us. The ‘clue words’ are also part of the CUBES strategy with the letter ‘B’ standing for ‘Box the key or clue words in the problem. ‘
We created some magnifying glasses in our books for all 4 operations. We then wrote a list of words that we would see written in a worded problem for each operation.
To finish the lesson we then used the cube strategy and the clue words to practice solving some worded problems. During our weekly Math’s Rotations on Thursday every group will be given an opportunity to solve a worded problem and using these clues will help us to recognize what we need to do to calculate the answer.