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Reading Racer and CC The Close Reading Detective are sitting at their table attempting to complete a math word problem but seem to be really struggling.
CC do you know what this problem is asking us to do? You know Reading Racer, I?m really struggling. I don?t know whether I?m supposed to add or subtract. This is so difficult.
Have no fear! Captain Cubes is here. I heard you two struggling down the hall and I wanna show you the most helpful strategy of all. C.U.B.E.S.! C, U, B, E, S. CUBES! Cubes that what we use!
C! You got that C. You got that C. You need to circle the number!
The first step is to circle the numbers you are working with in the problem. Three hundred forty-five, one hundred seven.
Now that was easy. What?s next?
U! You got that U. You got that U. You need to underline the question.
The second step is to find the question in the problem and underline it. ?How many miles did Mike bike altogether??
That was easy. Now I need to know what we need to find in the answer, Reading Racer.
B! You got that B. You got that B. You need to box the key words.
Next, we have to box all the important words to help us understand what we?re trying to figure out. Altogether.
Wow, by boxing altogether I know I need to add and not subtract.
Wow, Captain Cubes, this is really helping us.
E! You got that E. You got that E. You need to evaluate and eliminate.
Next, we need to evaluate and eliminate. We will evaluate what steps we need to take and eliminate information we do not need. We do not need to know that Matt has a new bike. We do not need to know that the bike is red.
I was really worried we weren?t gonna be able to solve this problem, Reading Racer.
CC, we aren?t finished yet. We still need to?
S! You got that S. You got that S. You need to solve and check your answer.
Awesome job you two. Now you?re at your final step. To solve and check if your answer is correct.
We did it! We solved and checked, and got it correct.
Help students remember and use the acronym CUBES when solving math word problems.