To best understand how this UPSC (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check) graphic organizer supports students' understanding of word problems, visit: https://eatpraysolveforx.com/2019/02/05/math-gibberish-the-upsc-approach-to-teaching-word-problems/
For those of you familiar with Cue Think, this resource is almost a paper version of the process.
Understand: Asks students to identify the question and information given
Plan: Students set up their solving process (i.e. - defining operations & variables)
Solve: Students estimate, write an equation, and solve it.
Check: Students write a sentence to interpret their work.
This set of UPSC questions is geared toward the beginning of the year in Math 7/ Math 8/ Algebra 1, especially for students who struggle with vocabulary and structure.
Click on the hyperlink for the a DIGITAL version of this resource. I will also be creating a 2nd version of UPSC geared toward writing and solving linear equations.
To access Digital Vocabulary Practice that helps prepare students for decoding word problems, visit the following TPT resources:
Thanks for choosing this resource! It has done wonders for my high school Algebra 1 students (gen ed, ESOL, and special ed) - the year we implemented it our state scores improved immensely. I also chose to use this as a data checkpoint for my teacher evaluation, and 95% of my ESOL students were successful with implementation by the end of the year.