Part Whole Word Problems



In this lesson, we will learn how to solve part-whole (or part-part-whole) word problems using either the part-part-whole diagram or bar models.

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More Word Problems

Algebra Word Poblems


Part–Part–Whole Word Problems

We will look at two types of part-part-whole word problems.

Whole Unknown
For example: Connie has 15 red marbles and 28 blue marbles. How many marbles
does she have?
We are given the parts and we need to find the whole. This would involve addition.
15 + 28 = 43

Part Unknown
For example: Connie has 43 marbles. 15 are red and the rest are blue. How many
blue marbles does Connie have?
We are given the whole and we need to find the part. This would involve subtraction.
43 - 15 = 28

Using Part-Part-Whole Diagram

Everyday Math Part Whole number stories

Example:
Marisa read her book for 25 minutes on Monday and 30 minutes on Tuesday. How many minutes in all did she read?





Everyday Math Part Whole number stories

Example:
An alligator clutch had 60 eggs. Only 12 hatch. How many eggs did not hatch?



Part-Part-Whole Word Problem
This video demonstrates how to solve a word problem using the "Part-Part-Whole" strategy or Part-Part-Whole box.

Example:
Westfield Elementary has 153 tickets to sell for the school musical. After one day of selling tickets, there were 79 tickets left. Which operation could be used to find how many tickets were sold on the first day?





Using Bar Models

Part-whole Word Problem
This video shows you how to solve a word problem using bar models. This technique is one of the strategies that can be used to address Common Core math standard 2.OA.1. Bar Models are also used in Singapore Math.

Example:
Maya had some stamps. She gave 7 stamps to her younger brothers. Maya then had 14 stamps. How many stamps did Maya have at first?



Word Problems 1 - Bar Model (Part-Whole)
This video introduces a visual way to solve world problems using bar modeling. This type of word problem uses the part-whole model. Because the part is missing, this is a subtraction problem.
An effective model always has a visual model of the problem, a number sentence, and the answer to the question in a complete sentence.

Example:
Mr. Oliver bought 88 pencils. he sold 26 of them. How many pencils did he have left?





Word Problems 2 - Bar Model (Part-Whole)
This video employs a visual way to solve world problems using bar modeling. This type of word problem uses the part-whole model. Because the part is missing, this is a subtraction problem.

Example:
There are 98 hats, 20 of them are pink and the rest are yellow. How many yellow hats are there?



Word Problems 3 - Bar Model (Part-Whole)
This video employs a visual way to solve world problems using bar modeling. This type of word problem uses the part-whole model. Because the whole is missing, this is an addition problem.

Example:
Mr. Gray sold 64 drinks in the morning. Mr. Frank sold 25 drinks at night. How many drinks did they sell altogether?







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