Pull out the important information
Decide what operation to use (add, subtract, multiply, divide)
When in doubt – DRAW it out (make a picture or diagram)
#1: Sixteen children have ice cream cones. Eleven children have ice cream bars. Three children have ice-cream cups.
- How many ice creams do the children have in all?
- How many more cones do they have than ice cream cups?
#2: Lin and Karina volunteer to walk dogs in their neighborhood. They each walk the same number of dogs. Lin walked 5 dogs.
- How many dogs did they walk altogether?
- If their friend Lauren helps, how many dogs could they take now?