Hi, I’m Scott for About.com, today I have a few tips for you on how to create word problems from math.about.com.Word problems are a great way to teach children how the math they are learning in school applies to everyday practical situations.Tip 1: Start by becoming familiar with the general concepts your child is learning in math. Students in the fifth grade should be furthering their understand of patterns and algebra, data management and probability, more complicated number concepts, geometry concepts and types of measurement. Fifth grade word problems should test these specific skills. For an overview of fifth grade math skills, go to: Math.About.com.Tip 2: Once you’ve decided the type of word problem you’re going to create, relate the problem to a real-life situation. Use people, objects, places, or concepts that they are familiar with. In the following word problem, familiar every circumstances such as preparing to go to school help the student relate to abstract fourth grade number concepts.Here is a sample problem: Who has the largest piece of chocolate? Bill has 1/3 of a bar, Sally has 4/6 of a bar, Peter has 9/12 of a bar, Jen has 13/18 of a bar. Show how you know the answer.Here, comparing pieces of chocolate helps the student relate to more abstract math concept of comparing and reducing fractions. One of the best ways to help children learn math is to present them with a problem in which they have to devise their own strategies to find the solution.Tip 3: Try to devise a problem that can be solved in two or more different ways using math concepts familiar to the child. Here is the sample problem: During the summer holidays, your brother earns extra money mowing lawns. He mows 6 lawns an hour and has 21 lawns to mow. How long will it take him?Here, one way to solve the question is to use simple addition and subtraction. The answer could be arrived at by using subtraction and division skills.Tip 4: Have the students justify their solutions.You can find word problem worksheets according to each grade on Math.About.com along with more practical problem solving tips.Thank you for watching. For more information, visit: math.about.com

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