Making Word Problems Meaningful

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  • 1 University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • | 2 Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Teachers can employ four strategies that students in K–12 already know and use in literacy to better comprehend mathematical word problems.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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