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Word problem problems?

January 26, 2012

Have students who cringe at the sound of “If one train is traveling…”? A graphic organizer can help those students who have difficulty working through math problems or explaining how they got their answer. Teacher Deborah at Multi-Grade Matters gives the following example of a problem solving graphic organizer she uses in her classroom. This organizer helps students break the process into four steps: writing down what they know in the first box, what they are looking for in the second box, solving the equation in the third box, and explaining why their choices/steps in the fourth box. This process can help students think more critically about their work and understand the “how” and “why” of mathematics as well as the “what”.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    January 26, 2012 6:24 am

    Model drawing with Singapore Math is great, it has step by step directions you follow every time you work a story problem. It works at every grade level.
    http://www.thesingaporemaths.com/

  2. January 31, 2012 1:43 am

    Thank you Paula for posting this today. I was just at an IEP meeting this morning with a parent of a middle school student. We were talking about how to help him solve word problems. This will be so helpful to share with the IEP team.

  3. April 9, 2012 9:54 am

    Thanks for this posting …Its a graphic organizer can help those students who have difficulty working through math problems or explaining how they got their answer…Its amazing …Thanks for sheering to this….

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