Problem solving is a challenging concept. My students always require extensive practice with the strategy of making organized lists to solve problems. This packet provides 45 problems that can be used throughout the year to provide practice with making organized lists.
Using these materials weekly will give students the opportunity to utilize the Mathematical Practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards.
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Organized list problems for ANYTIME (20 problems)
Organized list problems with MYSTERY NUMBERS (5 problems)
Organized list problems for FALL/FALL HOLIDAYS (5 problems)
Organized list problems for WINTER/WINTER HOLIDAYS (5 problems)
Organized list problems for SPRING/SPRING HOLIDAYS (5 problems)
Organized list problems for END OF THE YEAR/SUMMER (5 problems)
These organized list problems can be projected onto a Smart Board, which would make it possible to guide the students through the strategies needed to solve them. You’ll notice that there are many problems which are similar. You can do a problem together, and then give a similar problem for practice or as an assessment.