Problem Solving Close Reading in Math for Any Story Problem

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Rainbow City Learning
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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Life - Saver... for my observation doing a Close Read in Math - made me look like I knew what I was doing!! :-)
I love using this in my classroom. It helps me come up with math problems that are easily differentiated for each students level. This is a great one to play games.
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  1. Try this bundle of Close Reads to help your students become more strategic thinkers, readers and writers. Close Reads are becoming more and more important as we continue to work toward meeting the Common Core State Standards in all subject areas. The pages in each resource in this bundle will work w
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Close reading in math will help our students to make sense of the problem and develop a blueprint for their work. For longer story problems, these graphic organizers will train your students to reread and to make note of important information.

The pages in this resource will work with any multi-paragraph word problems. You might even want to try having your students write some of their own!

Great for at home learning!

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO WORD PROBLEMS OR STORY PROBLEMS INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE. There are longer story problems available as a separate purchase: CeeCee Math Problem Solving Bundle

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Teacher directions for conducting a Math Close Read

Student direction page to glue into Interactive Math Notebook or place in Math binder.

Student notetaking page with headers for writing responses after each of three close reads

Student notetaking page with First, Second, and Third Read labels, no headers

Student notetaking page with blank fields for you to add your own response labels

Simple Rubric for student self-assessment and/or teacher assessment of the Math Close Read.

This resource is also available as part of a growing bundle:

Close Reads Growing Bundle

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Math Close Reads work so well with these fun story problems from CeeCee Math:

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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.
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.


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