Students need to learn how to become mathematical thinkers. One way to do this is by having the students use a problem solving graphic organizer to help them to slow down and really think about the problem they are being asked to solve.
This organizer is set up with four boxes that students need to complete in order:
Box 1 – Understand – this is where students list what they know and what they need to know in order to solve the problem
Box 2 – Strategize – students make a plan and list the strategies they could use to solve the problem before they start solving it
Box 3 – Solve - students carry out their plan, making adjustments when necessary
Box 4 – Reflect – students explain what they did and why and reflect on why their solution makes sense
This product contains:
-1 problem solving graphic organizer
-A sample problem to model in front of the class
-A sample parallel task to go with the organizer
Make sure to check out my blog for detailed posts about how I teach problem solving in my class!
Looking for some open ended problems to go along with your new problem solving graphic organizer? Check out these group problems for whole number operations and keep an eye out as I will be adding more.
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