Teaching mathematical behaviors and problem solving is as important a part of what I do with my students as teaching them the math content. One thing I have noticed is that students coming to me often are lacking the "perseverance" needed to successfully tackle new and challenging problems.
Over time, I have refined my own definition of what "perseverance" means and have worked hard to teach my students how to be energized, thoughtful mathematicians. I am hoping that you find this resource helpful for you and your grade 4-6 students as well! It's easy to use, low ink, and suggestions for use are included so you can be up and running in minutes!
What do you get? I start this unit with a number of lesson ideas and suggestions for how to get your students more engaged and self-reliant with their problem solving. I include photos from my classroom, learning posters that can be turned into anchor charts, rubrics, checklists, and more.
But what is really the heart of the unit is the 24 high level problems that will really test your students' ability to apply these new problem solving skills. Some of the problems have many solutions. Others are tricky to read and interpret. Others require them to simply "dig in" and start guessing and checking!
What makes the problems particularly useful is that I provide them in multiple formats--much like my many word problem sets. I have pages with 6 different problems per page, with 6 copies of the same problem per page, as "poster headings" (one of my favorites--fully explained in the resource!), and with one problem on a page for students to really show their work and their thinking. I sometimes use these as assessments to see how my students are doing independently because so much of our math work is done cooperatively.
I hope you take the time to download the preview and see what this resource has to offer--and I hope that you, too, can see that problem solving with your students can be challenging, rigorous, and FUN! Whether you use this for your entire class, as enrichment, or in centers--I believe there is something for everyone. (Yes--the answers are included!) :)
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