Who's Fault? _ Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.

Enlightened Online Providers of Math Learning Aids Offer Word (story) Problems: _ MathStories.com is a dedicated story problems site for Grades 1 to 6. At ศ per year, it has 15ꯠ National_Council_of_Teachers_of_Mathematics_compliant story problems. You can see samples at mathstories.com/Book_17_3pigs_grades23.htm _ MathWorksheetCenter.com, อ per year has worksheets in K┨ topics including geometry and statistics. Each major section has 10 or 20 sets of worksheets and a set of word problems (which also appear in a list of their own). _ EdHelper.com has a basic subscription for Kξ at USร.ቛ per year and K┨ for ืቚ per year _ Math.about.com and syvum.com have a small number of free math word problem sheets _ SuperTeacherWorksheets.com has hundreds of math worksheets and a few dozen free math word problems on a wide range of simple subjects for younger children _ MathPlayground.com is a nice_looking free site with dozens of kμ math word problems for Kμ and Grade 7+ SAT preparation.

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