Read, Draw, Write is a word problem solving strategy suggested in the Engage NY math modules, as well as in Eureka Math. These posters reflect the strategy, some student suggestions, along with, some of my own thinking about problem solving. Use of reading comprehension strategies and math processes are reinforced.
This product contains 11 x 8.5 and 11 x 17 posters, along with bookmark size for individual student use.
For several years, I have encouraged my students to write either a labeled blank or a statement with a blank to be filled in before they begin solving a problem. This helps them to focus on what a problem is asking them to do. Therefore, you will notice that this strategy is really “Read, Write, Draw, Write”.
As students read, they are encouraged to use reading strategies to help them understand what is happening in the problems. Language that is used in ELA instruction is included on the Read poster.
The Draw poster includes a number of suggestions for visual models. Tape diagrams are the most frequently modeled visual, however, it is more important that the model matches the problem. Solving and equations are included in the draw poster.
Finally, students fill in the blank. In this step, students are also encouraged to look back at the problem and check to see if their answer and work is reasonable.
As with anything that we teach, modeling and scaffolding is essential in order to have students value and internalize a strategy.