Case Study: Word Problems in Mathematics


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Mini-Lesson used for Case Study: Word Problems in Mathematics: Teaching/Student Strategies to Comprehend Word Problems by Victoria Keller

Many students experience difficulty with solving word problems in the mathematics classroom. This case study shows how various strategies can expand our students' understanding of word problems and the use of math concepts.


The school is a private Catholic school in the area of Kingston, NY with about 200 students ranging from Kindergarten to 8th-grade. The particular class used in the case study consists of 11 mathematics students that make up the whole 8th-grade class of the school. Two of these students receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) three times a week outside of the normal class period for their difficulties in mathematics. Desks in the classroom are arranged into groups of fours; the students are split into three groups with three students and one group with two students. These students are preparing for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), where they will be being tested on their skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Here is the lesson plan of the lesson generated for this case study: File:Case Study LP.doc

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

1. utilize teaching strategies to create motivation and learning objectives for a problem solving lesson.

2. differentiate various student strategies to create effective lesson activities and evaluation.

3. assemble a problem solving lesson by utilizing strategies they learned in the course.

Learning Units

Follow these links to follow my learning and my students' learning for each unit:

- Unit 1: Issues with Students Solving Word Problems

- Unit 2: Teacher Strategies for Students Solving Word Problems

- Unit 3: Student Strategies for Solving Word Problems

- Unit 4: Reflection on Word Problems in Mathematics