   # Ways to Solve a Problem

Contributor: Sharon Hamilton. Lesson ID: 10762

Are math problems a problem for you? Subtract the stress and add to your skills using an online game and a strategic worksheet to learn the different ways to solve just about any simple math problem!

categories

## Arithmetic, Arithmetic

subject
Math
learning style
Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

## Lesson Plan - Get It! There is More Than One Way to Solve Most Problems

You and your friends shared 27 pieces of candy. If each person had 9 pieces of candy, how many friends shared the candy in all? By the way, it was nice of you to share!

Consider the following questions when solving word problems:

• What do you want to find?
• The total number of friends
• What information do you know from reading the problem?
• There are 27 pieces of candy.
• Each person has 9 pieces.
• What could you do?
• You could draw a picture, use a diagram, write a number sentence, use base ten blocks, or counters.
• What math operation did you use?
• You could have used multiplication, addition, subtraction, or division!
• There were 3 people total.
• Did you check your work to be sure you were correct?

Wait! What do you mean I could use any math operation to solve the problem?

Division 27 ÷ 9 = 3 Well, that will definitely work! If you divide 27 into 9 equal groups, you will get 3. Multiplication This would look like a missing factor problem: ____ x 9 = 27. Refer to the table below:

 # of people Pieces of candy per person Total pieces of candy ? (3) 9 27

Addition Count by 9s or use repeated addition until you reach 27: 9 + 9 + 9 = 27 Subtraction 27 - 9 = 18 - 9 = 9 - 9 = 0. Subtract 9 from 27 until you get to zero. That took 3 9s.

There are many strategies you can use to solve a problem. Try different ways, but be sure to use the strategy that works best for YOU.

• number line
• array
• equal groups
• algorithm
• table
• tally marks

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