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Problem Solving Task Cards: 7 Strategies for Grades 3-4

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MP1, MP2, MP4, MP5, MP6
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This resource came to be because I noticed last year that I did not invest enough time in explicitly teaching problem solving strategies. I gave my students a TON of word problems…but I think I made too many assumptions that they had a decent “tool box” of strategies to pull from. This year I vowed to be better…and to start off by modeling and clearly teaching these 7 strategies—in hopes that students would begin to internalize them and draw upon them in future problems. These problems are a fantastic way to work on the Standards for Mathematical Practice!

*Make a list
*Guess and check
*Use objects to model
*Make a table
*Find a pattern
*Work backward
*Draw a picture

Each of the seven strategies listed above is given 5 “teaching” problems. Whether you use these as whole class problem solving experiences, partner problem solving tasks, or individual work, my hope is that you will spend time talking about each strategy and model with the given problems so students can see how YOU use the strategy in different contexts. At the end of the resource are 14 problems that are “unlabeled” and are perfect for independent practice where students select an appropriate strategy to use (and many different strategies may work!) to solve the problem and organize their work. This makes students really think and draw upon what they have learned without being coached.

Because I want you to have a ton of flexibility, I have included the cards in 3 different sizes…1/4 page task cards, 1/2 page task cards, and full page problems.

I did this so you can choose to use at stations—or you can use the full page to project as you talk about the problems and explicitly teach the strategies. I tend to use a combination of task cards and the full page—depending on what I am trying to accomplish. All three formats follow—so make sure you only print what you need!

Although the cards are made in color (each strategy is a different one), I tried to keep the color ink to a minimum—and you can always print them in black and white on colored card stock if you do not have color printing options. Note...it was hard to determine how many pages to include as the problems appear in 3 sizes. There are 49 different problems--7 each of 7 strategies. Hope this helps!

Interested in a GOOGLE friendly version to use?

GOOGLE EDITION Problem Solving Task Cards


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Seasonal Word Problem bundle (individual sets also available)

"Amazing Facts" Task Card Bundle (individual sets also available)

CGI Word Problem Bundle (individual sets also available)


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