Increasing Students' Math Problem-Solving Skills: Developing Core Problem-Solving Strategies, Grades 3-6

PD Resource Kit

About this PD Resource Kit

This PD Resource Kit takes participants into intermediate grade classrooms where educators are using practical hands-on lessons and key instructional techniques for teaching problem solving. Both parts of the training program demonstrate a rich variety of ways to engage students in problem-solving models, hand-on explorations, discussions and writing.

Intermediate level students benefit greatly from time spent developing foundational problem-solving skills. You will learn how to help students develop and apply five basic problem-solving strategies:

  • Choose an operation helps students develop an understanding of which operation to use to solve a problem
  • Find a pattern moves students from recognizing patterns to using them to understand relationships between numbers and solve problems
  • When students make a table, they are developing important problem-solving skills: how to record data from a problem, look for a pattern, and determine the solution
  • Drawing a picture or diagram enables students to visualize and solve problems
  • To be effective problem solvers, students need to learn how to guess, check and then revise as they work toward solutions

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