This template is designed to encourage young mathematicians to break down their word problems into three representations to solve: pictures, numbers, and words. This template can be used for ANY word problem for ANY unit you are working on. Students will need to walk through this template slowly and with modeling at first, but they can quickly become independent with this process. When used consistently, students will begin to approach problems using these multiple representations.
Students begin by gluing their word problem into the first box. They should read the “I can” statements for each section prior to completing that section.
Students will need practice drawing a “math picture” versus an “artistic picture.” It is important for them to realize that showing their thinking in pictures does not need to be a detailed process. For example, a word problem about flowers does not need actual pictures of flowers. A student could draw a circle that would represent a flower. The mathematical thinking should always be at the forefront of the lesson time.
I hope this template serves you well as you introduce your students to problem solving. Please contact me with any questions at email@example.com