(For Teachers of Grades 5 - 8)

Many students and adults are frightened when they see word problems. The words seem so abstract. They do not know how to visualize the problem or where to begin. **Yet, when students work with the unknown in a less abstract format, they can make significant progress.**

In this workshop we present a five-step approach enabling students to represent and solve "advanced" verbal problems by means of **the concrete and pictorial approach of Hands-On Equations**, including consecutive integer, age and distance problems.

**Note:** This workshop will be of greatest benefit to educators who have previously attended a Making Algebra Child's Play workshop or who have prior experience with Hands-On Equations.

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**"Awesome workshop- I learned how to teach age and distance problems in a way my students and I can understand**!!" - Workshop participant

**You will be delighted to use Hands-On Equations to represent and solve verbal problems such as the following:**

- Four times a number, increased by 2, is the same as three times the number, increased by 9. Find the number.
- Sarah played the piano three days in a row. Each day she played twice as long as the previous day. If she played 24 minutes on the last day, how many minutes did she play on the first day?

- Find three consecutive numbers such that triple the last number gives the same result as twice the sum of the first two numbers.
- Santos is 3 years older than one-third Wanda's age. In 4 years, Wanda will be twice the age that Santos will be then. How old is each now?
- Two wagons leave the same location and travel in opposite directions. One wagon goes 6 miles per hour faster than the other. The slower wagon leaves at noon, while the faster one leaves at 2:00 pm. If at 4:00 pm the wagons are 36 miles apart, how fast does each wagon travel? (PICTORIAL)
- The sum of two numbers is 10. Twice the first number, increased by the second, is 18. Find the numbers.

**Common Core Math Standards:**

This workshop will enable you to assist your students in meeting common core standards related to algebraic thinking, modeling with mathematics, and solving word problems algebraically.

**Recommended for:**

The Demystifying Verbal Problems workshop is recommended for teachers of mathematics of grades 5 - 8, teachers of the gifted grades 2 and up and teachers of older students struggling with word problems.

**To bring this training to your district:**

Write to info@borenson.com or complete a form or call 800-993-6284. Please specify three alternative dates that will work for you. Click here to see additional problems from the Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book.

**"This workshop will change students' math lives!" - **workshop particpant