Teaching strategies to assist our students solve mathematical problems are 'key' to the success of many young mathematicians. If we are lucky, some students will be able to listen to basic math instruction and move on independently utilizing their own strategies to solve word or story problems. However, many students require something more than basic instruction. They require explicit instruction in how to solve word and story problems. I call this explicit instruction: 'keys' to mathematical problem solving.
In this resource, I have provided you with 20 'keys' to solving word and story problems. They are to be taught, explicitly, one by one and then applied in your students' daily work. This resource is a multi-sensory approach to teaching math problem solving, as well as, a tool that can be used for differentiation.
Mnemonic CCAR: the framework to be used in all math problem solving (explained)
20 strategies placed on 20 different keys
Self-checking worksheet for the use of CCAR
Self-monitoring worksheet for the use of documenting strategies used
Directions for use