Mathematical Processes and Tools used in Problem Solving

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Mathematical Processes and Tools used in Problem Solving

Problem Solving is a basic life skill necessary for today’s learners. With these 61 activities, students will learn several Problem Solving strategies and how to use them to solve traditional and non-traditional problems. With these activities, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and higher order thinking skills as required for success in mathematics. These 61 activities address the benefits of problem-solving and how to incorporate it into your classroom instruction.

Activities are presented for the subtopics below. Students practice how to…

?Identify mathematics in everyday situations.
?Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.
?Select or develop an appropriate problem-solving plan or strategy including drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, systematic guessing and checking, or a acting it out in order to solve a problem.
?Use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.
?Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.
?Relate informal language to mathematical language and symbols.
?Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

The activities can be used to Assess concepts, Introduce concepts, Review concepts, and to help students Retain the concepts that have been taught. Our Math Activities can be used in a variety of ways to “AIRR” out your math curriculum.

Section One contains a numbered list of activities. Each activity is explained using a step-by-step process identifying the group size and materials needed to complete the task. Some of the activities have matching activity cards and practice sheets which are found in Section Two, Activity Sheets. The top right side of each set of activity cards, and practice sheet corresponds with the matching activity number. An answer key is conveniently provided in Section Three.
These math activities are aligned to the following standards:

?Common Core Standards
?TEKS-Texas
?NCTM Standards
Join the hundreds of teachers in making your math class fun, engaging, and present a challenging approach to math.

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