Math Story Problem Solving Book has students solves story problems 3-4 ways.
In one of the math sections in our state testing, students are required to explain how they came up with their answers in different ways. They had to draw it out, write the mathematical equation and write out their explanation in sentence form. I used these problem solving sheets to help students with explaining how they came up with the answer to the math problem so they would be prepared to take the state test.
You can use these problem solving sheets individually or in a booklet form (I have included a cover if you are using the book form). After copying the sheets you may want arrange the problem solving sheets in a way so they go along with what math standards you are teaching at the time.
At the beginning of the year we do these sheets together as a class, later on in the year students try to do them on their own first, and then we discuss them as a group when they have completed the sheet.
First, we read the problem to be solved as a group. We discuss what the question is asking us to do. Second, we would Act It Out! We did this as a group or we use manipulatives. Students love to play the parts of the story problem so that is what we do mostly.
Next, Draw It Out! We would draw out the problem either by drawing the items it said or using a figure for that item (such as circles, dots, etc.). Thirdly, we would write down My Answer! We would write out the number sentence that went along with the story problem.
Finally, we would Write It Out! We talked about what words we needed write down to explain how we figured out the problem stressing writing complete sentences and using number words for the numerals we were using. For younger students I would not do this part right away at the beginning of the school year, but you will be amazed at how quickly students can do these sheets at the end of the year.
I have included a blank sheet of the problem solving sheet with and without the Write It Out part of the sheet in case you would like to make your own story problems.