Do your students need help understanding word problems? This organizer will help your students learn to break down a problem & understand it.
The circle on the left helps students by providing a list to get started:
-Read the problem
-Highlight the question (I have them HIGHLIGHT the directions as a reminder each time)
-Circle key words (I have them circle KEY WORDS in the directions each time)
-Cross out any extra information (I have them put an X on the words EXTRA INFORMATION)
After reading the directions above, they are ready to start. They will organize their thinking in the 4 boxes. The acronym P.E.T.S. is located at the top right corner of the organizer with a picture of a dog and a cat to help them remember the mnemonic device. I will tell them, "Our PETS will help us solve problems."
The acronym P.E.T.S. stands for:
P-draw a Picture of the problem
E-write a number sentence or Equation
T-show your Thinking in another way
S-what is your Solution or answer?
I included clip art pictures next to each description above to help visual learners, special education, and ELL students.
The organizer can be used with children in grades K-6. Teachers or students can write a problem in the PROBLEM BOX located at the top or students can create their own problems independently or with a partner. Teachers can also provide various levels of story problems to differentiate learning and have students glue it in the PROBLEM BOX. If you laminate the organizers, they can use dry erase pens to work problems on it as well and reuse it as needed.