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Re: When do you divide, multiply, etc.??
Posted:
Dec 31, 1996 12:26 AM


I teach my sixth graders that you can only add/subtract things that are the same and you multiply/divide things that are different. Have them look for the labelsof the numbers to see if they are the same or different.
I also teach the (a) five step approach to problemsolving and I make them write down each step  question, data, plan, do it (which includes an estimate), check. They also must use at least 1/4 of a sheet of paper for each problem.
This might help  it takes me to about htis time of the year to convince the kids this is how we do it but it does seem to work.



