Math Problem Solving Strategies Doodle Notes

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Cognitive Cardio Math
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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These Math Problem Solving Strategies Doodle Notes will help your students:

  • Get organized for problem solving
  • Use symbols and color coding to help remember the strategies
  • Practice writing more in math class

The notes can be kept in students’ math notebooks or binders as reference pages to use throughout the year.

Included in this easy-prep set of Problem Solving Strategies Doodle Notes:

1) A “main” problem solving page that lists the steps for problem solving, as well as the various strategies.

2) An introduction page for each of these 8 problem solving strategies, with a specific problem to solve and the steps taken to use the given strategy, to solve the given problem:

  • Make an Organized List
  • Guess and Check
  • Work Backward
  • Make a Table
  • Look for Patterns
  • Draw a Picture/Diagram
  • Write an Equation
  • Use Logical Reasoning

3) A teaching guide/answer key for each introduction page

4) A practice page for each strategy, with answer key

5) A colored sample of each introduction page

6) An editable page with no title or problem, so you can add you own problems and titles for more practice – you can only ADD to the page; the template itself can’t be altered.

What teachers are saying about this resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “These are great for working through the different strategies. I am using a new one each week. My 6th graders love coloring them in when they are done.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“This resource is perfect for the beginning of the year to set students up for success during the school year!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“I used this resource to introduce each Problem-Solving strategy. This resources provides the background information, example problems, and the opportunity to model solutions and self-checking strategies. I then followed up with additional problems that utilized the same strategies.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“Visually helped my students to understand how to read and solve word problem but more importantly they had fun doing it.”

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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.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize-to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents-and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.
Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
Look for and make use of structure. Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have. Later, students will see 7 × 8 equals the well remembered 7 × 5 + 7 × 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property. In the expression 𝑥² + 9𝑥 + 14, older students can see the 14 as 2 × 7 and the 9 as 2 + 7. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 – 3(𝑥 – 𝑦)² as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers 𝑥 and 𝑦.

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