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Word Problems

posted Nov 20, 2015, 7:42 AM by Tim Isbell
In the summer of 2014, some of our coaches and English speaking students helped four incoming immigrant students learn enough English and math to survive in a Cupertino high school by the fall. The new students understood math okay, but had virtually no experience in English. So our strategy was to work a lot of word problems.

To do this, Robin found a helpful tool on Math-Aids.com that helped our ESL students learn the appropriate math terms they'd need in math classes. And it helped all our students learn how to turn word problems into math equations. The strategy worked.

For a look at the chart, and a link to more like it, check out Converting Words to Math.