Math Problem Solving [Book A]

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Grade Levels
4th - 8th
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98 pages
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This resource is a set of 50 non-routine math problems that require students to utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills. Each and every problem is completely unique, and can be solved in multiple ways.

The Importance of Problem Solving
Incorporating non-routine problem solving into your math program is one of the most impactful steps you can take as an educator. By consistently allowing your students to grapple with these challenging problems, you are helping them acquire essential problem solving skills and the confidence needed to successfully execute them.

This resource comes in three different formats:
1. Printables: These are full 8.5 x 11 pages that contain the problem, a “Problem Solving Check-List,” and a check-list to help guide students’ responses.
2. Task Cards: These contain just the problem and are formatted 4 to a page. They can be laminated and used in a center or for independent work.
3. Journal Strips: These contain just the problem and are formatted 4 to a page. They can be printed, cut apart, and glued into an Interactive Notebook or math journal.

The three different formats included make it simple for you to adapt this resource to meet the needs of your students. Instructional applications include: morning work/bell-ringers, independent work, math centers, cooperative learning, and whole-group instruction.

Minimal Teacher Preparation ~ Maximum Student Growth
I have also included DETAILED explanations and diagrams on how to solve each problem. The only preparation you’ll need to do is read the problem and my explanation; you’ll then be ready to facilitate some major “Brain Power” in your classroom! You will be amazed by the creative strategies and rich discussions that will take place among your students.

Brain Power Math: Non-Routine Problem Solving {Book B}

Check out my hands-on math resources:
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Problem Solving with Pattern Blocks 2
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Time to Tile: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
Time to Tile: Adding and Subtracting
Time to Tile: Balancing Equations

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Total Pages
98 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 months
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