This 42-page workbook will help you teach your students to understand problems, solve problems, and apply what they’ve learned to real-life problems.
The first few pages are dedicated to teaching the vocabulary and concepts critical to talking about problems (such as “cause,” “situation,” “factor,” etc.). This also includes figurative language such as "keep in mind" and "take into account." I’ve found it necessary to establish this language before diving into solving problems.
I’ve also included a Problem Solving Organizer. It can be used along with the hypothetical situations in this workbook and/or when you’re talking your students through a real life situation. I hope it helps your students generalize what they’ve learned in this workbook to similar real life situations.
Next are 26 stories to practice problem-solving with your students. Each story has guiding questions broken down into four categories: situational awareness, identifying the problem, solving the problem, and application. Each story can also be paired with the graphic organizer if you so choose. The last page of this workbook breaks down the stories by topic, complexity, solution plan, and age:
Executive Function: A and I (attention), D and F (time management), H and J (materials management)
Playing by the Rules: C, P, Q, S
Social Etiquette: B, F, G
Classroom Etiquette: A, D, L
Obeying Parents: G, Z
Being Flexible: E, K, M, N, O, P, X, Y
Group Work: K, M, N, O
Mean Friends: Q, R, T
Disaster: V, W
Extracurriculars: X, Y
Simple (explicit rules): A, C, E, H, J, L, O, X
Complex (unspoken rules): B, D, F, K, M, N, P, Q, T, V, Z
Very complex (unspoken rules, multiple factors, conflicting factors): G, I, R, S, U, W
Ignore/walk away/no problem: A, C, E, F, H, K, L, N, O, X, Y, Z
Ask for an adult’s input or handle yourself: B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, T, X, Y, Z
Need one adult’s help: B, C, D, F, G, I, K, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Y, Z
Need 2+ adult’s help: G, I, R, T, V
Irreparable damage: U, W
Pre-K: A, B, C, E, H, L, P, R, S
Lower Primary: A, B, C, D, E, G, H, I, L, N, O, P, R, S, T, U, V, X, Z
Upper Primary: A, B, D, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Z
Secondary: A, D, F, G, I, K, L, M, N, O, U, V, W, X, Z
Finally, there is a glossary of key terms for easy reference. Best of luck, and I hope your students grow leaps and bounds in their problem-solving knowledge and abilities!
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