**An example of solving a real world problem using math includes figuring out how many apples an individual has left after some were taken away.** Another example would be calculating how much change a person will get back after grocery shopping. Real-world problem solving involves formulating word problems to find answers.

Math problems are everywhere, including giving and following directions, board games, measuring items for cooking and putting together puzzles. When solving problems, manipulatives such as counters help small hands touch, feel and see the answers, and drawings are useful for mapping out solutions. A mathematical model should be constructed, and then simple math steps can be used to find the answer.