Integrate reading, drawing, calculating, and writing, support Common Core math standards,
develop mathematical practices,
and give students a meaningful, step-by-step strategy for solving story problems.
This resource presents a three step strategy for creating a gradual release of responsibility:
• whole group introduction models the process
• small group work provides guided practice
• individual work provides ongoing practice
Students work in groups and individually to solve story problems visually and mathematically, explain their strategies to others, and reflect and write about their work. This provides peer support and exposes students to other students’ problem-solving strategies.
This strategy is particularly appropriate and beneficial for ELL students, students with special needs, and students of any age and grade who need extra support translating story problem language into meaningful, appropriate strategies that lead to correct solutions. Drawing first helps students clarify information and define the question before they calculate and then express answers in written form.
This resource includes a selection of sample story problems that may be used to model the lesson with the whole class and then in groups. Teachers will need to provide more word problems for ongoing use, by writing their own or copying from math program materials.
This resource includes helpful teacher tips and resources, a selection of ready-to-print story problems to get you started, rubrics for student self-reflection and assessment, and more. It is useful for all ages and grade levels.
Included in this resource:
- step-by-step procedure for introducing and modeling the strategy
- directions and tips for small-group and independent work
- art tips to help students create clear visuals
- sample ready-to-print word problems for introducing the strategy
- suggestions for assessment
- reference photographs of student work, including examples of common mistakes
- tips for implementation and organization
- ideas for creating a system for ongoing use of the strategy
... fifteen pages of ready-to-print and use starter word problems in large font, covering a variety of concepts, operations, and degrees of difficulty.
... three student self-assessment worksheets for small group and individual reflection.
NOTE: The ready-to-use starter word problems included in this resource can be used in the whole group introduction and small group guided practice activity. Teachers will need to collect, gather, and prepare more word problems for ongoing work.
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
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