If you follow me on Facebook...this isn't about Words with Friends, though I understand why you might think that. If you follow me on twitter, or the blogging community, this isn't about autism, although I understand why you might think that...
Yesterday a couple people I know were lamenting the pain of word problems in math. And, because I had been thinking about doing something like this for Emma already (who like most kids ALSO hates word problems) I decided to kill essentially my entire lunch hour coming up with a couple tips I try to tell Emma to use when she solves word problems. And I turned it into a fancy graphic-ma-bobby!
Word problems are tricky, and the line between relying solely on keywords and phrases to determine operators gets really blurry when multiplication/division and addition sometimes share words, BUT...for the easier math word problems, this is at least a good start. If you have comments or suggestions I'd be happy to incorporate them.
Oh, and one more thing. I googled the phrases and then added some of my own, but MOST of the phrases/words I found on: Gateways2Learning.com. I didn't like their graphic, though, because I wanted all the phrases on a single page, and of course...I love my face.