1. Read the problem.
It may help to have your students read the problem aloud, just to make sure they are reading it correctly.
2. Underline the important information.
Use a red or blue pen to underline the information (or highlight it) so it doesn't get lost on the page:
Jon picked one apple. Danny picked 5 apples. Together they picked how many apples?
3. What process will you use to get the answer?
Will you use addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of all four?
Our apple example will use addition. The key word here is together they picked how many?
4. Write and solve a number sentence and label the answer.
It may also help to draw a picture or use counters to represent the problem.
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