I created these templates to help teach my students how to solve word problems in mathematics. This product has 1) 3 different forms of the problem solving template, 2) a bookmark, 3) a flipchart (Promethean and as a pdf), and 4) a set of 8x11" posters. One template is a 4-box, one is a horizontal tri-fold, and the other is a vertical tri-fold template.
The templates may be used with elementary or secondary math classes. I have found that some of my students do not want to attempt word problems or want to get to the answer quickly, when many times it takes careful thought to solve the problems. The template helps the students slow down and truly analyze the word problem.
The template is divided into spaces to help the student organize their work and their thinking. Active reading strategies (text coding) are used in the template, as well as estimation, choosing one or more of the eight common problem-solving strategies, answering in complete sentences, and verifying the units for the answer(s). The template also requires the students to make sure their answer is reasonable.
A scoring guide is included to assess whether the student used the template to completion. The template is a good way for the teacher to work with the class on practicing problem-solving strategies. After practicing a particular strategy, the teacher can then give the students problems to practice in pairs, groups, or individually. Eventually, the student may not need the template, and may solve such problems more quickly (e.g., on standardized tests, like the ACT).
All documents are given in pdf form, except the flipchart is in both flipchart form and pdf form.
This product was created by Susan M. Walker.