# Problem Solving: Teaching Perseverance and Math Practices | Distance Learning

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Teaching the math practice standards and problem solving skills is as important to my students as teaching them the math content. Many students coming to me often are lacking the "perseverance" needed to successfully tackle new and challenging math problems. We can explicitly teach this!

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! **Now I have even included digital access!**

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. **Now, digital access allows even more flexibility!**

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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*****What are teachers saying about this resource?*****

"Love that my kids can use the framework of Growth Mindset with this and persevere through problem solving."

"There is something here for all my students in grade 3-5! My students ask me every day when they get to solve another puzzle! They love that there isn't necessarily a correct answer because the possible solutions are endless! They made giant posters out of their puzzles that they want to line the hallways with. They are so proud of the word they did using these puzzles. Thank you so much for the wonderful product!"

"This has been a great way to begin the year! I love that I can continue to use this product to challenge the students going forward as well. Thank you!"

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**Want to see some other problem solving resources? **

**Here is just a small sampling of the many resources in my store!**

Multi-Step Word Problems for Grades 3/4

Word Problem Bundled Set for Grades 4/5

Word Problem Bundled Set for Grades 3/4

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)

All rights reserved by ©The Teacher Studio. Purchase of this resource entitles the purchaser the right to reproduce the pages in limited quantities for single classroom use only. Duplication for an entire school, an entire school system, or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without written permission from the author at fourthgradestudio@gmail.com. Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.