Goals - Part 2

My goals in helping children with arithmetic are simple. I want them

  • to be good at solving all different types of word problems,
  • to like solving word problems,
  • to understand the problem solving methods (shortcuts) that they use and
  • to be able to communicate their reasoning to others.

2. What Are The Different Types of Word Problems?

Mathematics educators have various ways of sorting word problems into different categories.

By my system, elementary schools typically teach 12 types of word problems. You may be surprised that I identify 2 types of addition problems, 3 types of subtraction problems, 3 types of multiplication problems, and 4 types of division problems.

Click here to find an analysis of the 12 types of word problems.

Click here to find my collections of word problems, with some free samples. Search for "Draw & Solve Word Problems"