This lesson introduces the formal problem solving process that students will use over the course of the year, Define - Prepare - Try - Reflect.
The lesson begins by asking students to brainstorm all the different types of problems that they encounter in everyday life.
The biggest challenge when solving math problems is not understanding the problem.
The school year is off to a roaring start, and this is the year that I figure out how to teach problem solving strategies (and continue making students show their problem solving strategies). Why I like it: It gives students a very specific “what to do.” Why I don’t like it: With all of the annotating of the problem, I’m not sure that students are actually reading the problem. Why I like it: Students are forced to think about what type of problem it is (factoring, division, etc) and then come up with a plan to solve it using a strategy sentence. Check stands for understand, plan, solve, and check.
Some math problem solving strategies will be considered here.
Study them carefully so you know how to use them to solve other math problems.Students can use them when looking for a way to solve a math problem or word problem.There are 8 included in this free download: fingers, unifix cubes, tallies, pictures, number line, ten frames, counters and number bonds.These colourful display posters feature a series of lovely hand-drawn images to illustrate your teaching on different problem solving maths strategies.Great for enhancing your classroom, for general display, or as discussion prompts.It is recommended that you print each on different-colored paper, so that students can easily identify the individual categories. Exemplars gives a perfect view into the child's thinking and their minds.We offer both differentiated and editable resources so that you can always meet the needs of every child in your classroom. I had my students design a tiny icon for each problem solving strategy in the boxes to the left.I'm really struggling with the whole getting my room finished thing this year. To edit the file, you'll need to download these free fonts: Zantroke, Alpha Echo, Comic Zine OT, Ostrich Sans, Special Elite, Operating Instructions, Dancing Script OT, Capture It, and Frente H1.If there's a resource you want that isn't editable, just send us a request.Problem solving: Problem solving: 8 Problem Solving Strategies with 7 Steps to Finding a Solution Posters: This is a wonderful set of posters for your bulletin board or math center display area.