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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.

A game to help guide students to explain their thinking on paper when solving math problems.

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.

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.

FREEBIE...problem of the day rubric encourages students to THINK about the steps involved in solving word problems!