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Elementary math word problem key words and their limitations.

This blog post will answer the following questions:

- What are word problem key words?
- What are some examples of keywords for addition word problems?
- Can you share some examples of keywords for subtraction word problems?
- What are some examples of keywords for multiplication word problems?
- Can you share some examples of keywords for division word problems?
- What are the limitations of using keywords to solve word problems?
- Is using word problem keywords an effective strategy?

## What are Word Problem Key Words?

## Common Math Word Problem Key Words and Phrases

## Addition Key Words

Here are some examples of addition key words :

## Subtraction Key Words

Here are some examples of subtraction key words :

## Multiplication Key Words

Here are some examples of multiplication key words :

## Division Key Words

Here are some examples of division key words :

## Limitations of Using Keywords to Solve Word Problems

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## The Problem with using Keywords to Solve Word Problems

## What are Keywords in Word Problems?

Here is a list of common word problem keywords that students are taught to find for each operation:

area cubed double each groups per product quadruple rows squared times triple

average divide each equal group fourth half quarter quotient ratio share separate split third

## Why shouldn’t teachers teach students to use keywords for word problems?

## How do I teach students to solve word problems without using keywords?

A quick google search landed me on these definitions for addition and subtraction:

Addition: The total amount of two whole numbers combined. Subtraction: Removing objects from a collection.

## Different Types of Word Problems

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## When can students use keywords to solve word problems?

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## Translating Word Problems: Keywords

## How do I convert word problems into math?

- Read the entire exercise.
- Work in an organized manner.
- Look for the keywords.
- Apply your knowledge of "the real world".

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## What are common keywords for word problems?

The following is a listing of most of the more-common keywords for word problems:

per, a out of ratio of, quotient of percent (divide by 100) equal pieces, split average

is, are, was, were, will be gives, yields sold for, cost

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## No More Keywords for Math Word Problems

There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?

1st Student: “I can’t solve this because it doesn’t say anything about the shepherd.”

2nd Student: “120 years old because 125 minus the 5 dogs in a flock.”

3rd Student: “25.” [The student’s work shows 125 divided by 5].

4th Student: “25” [The student’s work shows 125 divided by 5].

5th Student: “25” [The student’s work shows 125 divided by 5].

6th Student: “It doesn’t tell you.”

7th Student: “130” [The student’s work shows the sum of 125 and 5.]

8th Student: “65” [The student’s work shows (125 + 5) ÷ 2.]

## Using Keywords For Math Word Problems

## Why Not Keywords?

But using keywords for math word problems works just fine for me you say?

## 1. Keywords can be Dangerous!

(Find more “Keyword Fails” here .)

## 2. Use of Keywords Misses the Big Picture

## 3. What If There’s No Keyword?

Many problems, especially as students begin to advance to more sophisticated work, have no keywords.

## 4. Will Keywords Support Students Long-Term?

## Making Sense of Problems

- Explain the meaning of a problem
- Plan a solution pathway rather than jumping to a solution
- Continually check for reasonableness and ask, “Does this make sense?”

These three skills are essential to solving math word problems successfully.

But, how do we help students develop them?

## Using Tricks To Replace Thinking

Want to know more about the operation situations and strategies to help with math word problems ?

- Common Core State Standards for Math
- https://gfletchy.com/2015/01/12/teaching-keywords-forget-about-it/
- http://nixthetricks.com/
- http://tjzager.com/2014/10/18/making-sense/
- Van de Wall, J. A., Karp, K. S., & Bay-Williams, J. M. (2012). Elementary and middle school mathematics: Teaching developmentally. Boston, MA: Pearson.
- Van de Wall, J. A. and Lovin, L. H. (2006). Teaching student-centered mathematics: Grades 3 – 5. Boston, MA: Pearson.

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