Problem solving strategies

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  1. AngelHead

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    I used to have a poster that had a list of problem solving strategies for math with pictorial representations of each. I lost it and I'm trying to find something like it to give to my kids and possibly display in the classroom. Does anyone have anything like this? Or at least a good resource of what the strategies are so I can make my own. Thanks in advance.
     
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    We post these strategies on each child's desk, so they can easily use them to solve problems. We review these strategies daily.

    1.) Read the problem.
    2.) Underline the question.
    3.) Circle the important information.
    4.) Cross out the extra information
    5.) Solve the problem (show your work).
    6.) Label and check your answer.

    We use these strategies for 2nd graders in case you are wondering.

    Hope this helps! :)
     
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    Frizz, that's a grand thing you've posted. Thanks terrifically!
     
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    I like that so much, I'm copying it and giving it to our math department. :)
     
  7. AngelHead

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    Thanks. Looks like I'll be making my own. This will be a great place to start.
     
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    When I think of problem solving strategies, I think of the types, like guess and check, draw a picture, make a table, work backwards. I had an old set of graphics for each, but they were so outdated I just went online and found better pictures. I have each strategy and the picture mounted on poster board and on a wall in my classroom. I love it when I see a student turn to look at the wall while they are working!
     
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    You are very welcome:)
     
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    Yes, this is a fabulous document. Thank you.

    The best way to have children get better at problem solving is ....... to have them problem solve. Duh. I know teachers who avoid it like the plague and others who only work on the one problem-solving page per chapter in the workbook. I've seen some who cross out any of the problem-solving problems on a page. Crazy, crazy, crazy. We should spend more time on this, not less. What? Our kids don't have higher level thinking skills? Hmmmm. Wonder why.
     

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