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We all want our students to be better problem solvers! I have created these 50 scenarios to use to help build confidence in students as they work together to learn how to approach problems and how to teach others to do the same. These problems were created with third grade in mind, but would be great to challenge high second graders or differentiate work for struggling fourth graders. I utilize the scenarios as seat work when math starts. Students begin solving and explaining their thinking. Usually after about 5 minutes I let students pair up with a partner or their table groups to look at how others may have solved the problem. Two students usually share how they solved and I place much more emphasis on their PROCESS than the answer. Students love to lead the discussion around why their strategy works, and I love letting them “lead” the learning during our daily math moments!
You can also utilize these problem solving scenarios in guided math lessons, independent practice, station work, seat work, bell ringer, tutoring and homework. Included in the set are three ideas for printing and using.
What you'll get:
-details on how I utilize these prompts in my classroom
-50 full page problem-solving scenarios
-50 pages with 25 of each prompt to a page
-2 versions of grading/scoring rubric
Problem Solving Scenarios include:
-Making a table to solve
-part part whole relationships
-understanding equal groups
-writing number sentences
-inches/feet feet/inches conversions
-estimating to solve
-writing an equation to solve
-the answer is given, find the question
-solving for money spent and change given
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division
-division as repeated subtraction and equal groups
Check out this blog post about Student-Led Solutions
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