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    Getting CLOSE with Math Problem Solving and a Freebie!

  • Susan Butler

    After teaching a lesson last week, I went home thinking about what I could do to make this lesson better for my kiddos. How could I help them problem solve with confidence and then it hit me. We had just done a CLOSE reading using my Getting Close with a Book bookmarks and my 2nd graders did great!

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Getting CLOSE with Math Problem Solving & a Freebie! Friends~Room 331 has been working on solving one and two step word problems. Let me tell you, it has not been easy. I don't know what happens when you mix words and numbers but it sure has my kiddos spinning in circles.

I have always had my students underline the question and circle their facts in word problems...this is a much better visual for them.

Persevere in solving problems? Want to see if your kids really know what they are doing when they are problem solving? Want to focus your kids into the process of problem solving? This simple one page problem solver includes a place for students to choose their strategy, to choose their math concept, to show their work, and to justify their answer. It also includes a

The steps in these math story problems were created for the purpose of making sense of a problem, instead of using tricks and key words to solve a problem. Students must understand what the problem is asking them to do before solving it.

I decided that since they did so well with the close reading we were going to get CLOSE with word problems too! Check out me kiddos in action. The did a great job sorting out one stepper and 2 stepper problems. Underlining questions and coming up with solutions. I made those Getting CLOSE with Problem Solving bookmarks for them so that they could stay on track.

Here's an editable problem-solving template that focuses on the strategies Draw a Picture, Find a Pattern, Choose an Operation, and Make a Table. There is room for students to show their work as well as write out the steps they followed to solve the problem.

Here's a rubric for Problem of the Day work. This rubric makes students think about reading the problem carefully, choosing the best strategy for solving and even finding an alternate way to solve.

Fall Problem Solving FREEBIE...Do your students know what equation could help them solve a given word problem?

One of my popular word problem sets! 20 quality word problems, all presented in "real life" problem situations and come in three formats--for use in math journals, with 4 per page to use as assessments, homework, or team problem solving, and with one problem per page with room for explanations. Grades 4-5. $4.95