*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

subject

Math

learning style

Visual

personality style

Beaver, Golden Retriever

Grade Level

Intermediate (3-5)

Lesson Type

Quick Query

**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!

- What is the answer?
- There were 3 people total.

- How do you know your answer makes sense?
- Is your answer reasonable?
- 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