Math Problem Solving Checklist | Problem Solving Math Posters

Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool
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Looking for a problem solving model to teach your students how to solve problems and justify their thinking?

This resource is designed for teachers who want to teach their students how to solve non-routine word problems in an efficient way. This problem solving pack will help your students learn to J.U.S.T.I.F.Y their answers to math problems. J.U.S.T.I.F.Y is an acronym that will help your students progress through the steps of the problem solving process. Use of this model helps students fully develop their solution process and give a more detailed response.

What’s included?

  • JUSTIFY problem solving model poster (color and black/white)
  • Detailed teaching guide
  • Blank JUSTIFY template
  • Problem solving strategies poster- elementary and middle school version (color and black/white)
  • Quarter-size version of the JUSTIFY problem solving model for math notebooks/journals or student desk tags (color and black/white)
  • Differentiated practice tasks with sample solution guides

What’s unique about this pack?

This pack is designed to provide the support necessary to help your students successfully solve math problems. To become successful at solving math problems, students must become proficient at identifying key pieces of information and then determine a solution strategy to find the answer. Connecting these steps to a problem solving model will help students achieve this goal. 

Looking for my middle school pack? I've merged both versions into this one pack.

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I hope this pack helps to increase your students’ problem solving skills!- The Routty Math Teacher

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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