Teachers of arithmetic almost universally find their greatest challenge in the field of problem solving. One of the immediate aims of teaching arithmetic is to develop in the student the power to solve problems in his life situation involving number and quantitative relationships. The teaching of the fundamental operations of arithmetic from this viewpoint then, is centered in the idea that these operations will be the tools for solving problems in life as they may arise. Practice or drill in the solution of life-like problems is supplied in part, by the arithmetic textbook. This study will be aimed at evaluating a means of teaching the textbook arithmetic problem other than the silent reading of the problem by the child.