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There is often more than one way to solve a problem.
 

 

 

Each day Stephen does 3 sets of 15 sit-ups.  How many sit-ups does Stephen do in a day?

Way 1 Multiply
15 x 3 = 45 sit-ups

Way 2 Add
 15 + 15 + 15 = 45 sit-ups

Way 3 Draw a picture

 Answer 45 sit-ups

 



 
Charlie is planting a garden.  He has 56 bean seeds to plant. If he puts 7 seeds in each row.  How many rows will he have? 

Way 1 Divide
56 7 = 8 rows

Way 2 Add
7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 = 56

Way 3 Draw a picture

 Answer 8 rows

 

 

 

Greg went to the store.  He bought a game for $17.83.  He paid with a $20 bill.  How much change did he receive?

Way 1 Subtract
$20.00- $17.83 = $2.17

Way 2 Count up
$17.83: 7 pennies, 1 dime, 2 dollar bills
            $0.07 + $0.10 + $2.00 = $2.17

 Answer $2.17

 

Remember: There is often more than one way to solve a problem. The answer will always be the same, no matter what strategy you use.

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