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Eighth graders explore problem solving strategies to build a paper bridge with a partner. As a class they discuss a variety of techniques to solve a simple problem, then in pairs construct the longest non-supported single span bridge possible using a sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper.
Break multi-step problem solving into digestible chunks for your class. They read and discuss the steps of the problem solving process, learn strategies to solve a variety of diameter and circumference problems, walk through a problem with the teacher, and independently solve a problem using the strategies.
Put on your rubber boots, because we're going fishing for problem solving strategies. The class practices using some of the strategies learned in Lesson 1. They observe the teacher model the steps of the problem solving process, and independently solve a problem involving distance and scale on a map. Later, they discuss their process and the possible solutions as a class.
This lesson focuses on solving consumer-based problems based on an analysis of costs, interest, expenses, and investments. Students observe and demonstrate a variety of problem solving strategies to solve word problems. They read and discuss the steps of the problem solving process, solve a word problem together step-by-step with the teacher, and independently complete a similar problem using the steps discussed in the lesson.
Students explore the role of problem-solving engineers. In this engineering lesson, students discuss several real-life problems at their school and choose one to focus on. Students come up with tests to design a solution to the specific problem. There is a problem-solving worksheet included in this lesson.
For this problem solving worksheet, students solve a variety of problems. Problems include topics such as rate, time, similar figures, volume, and functions. This one-page worksheet contains ten multiple-choice problems. Answers may be submitted online for immediate response.
Using a varity of strategies, young mathematicians solve multistep word problems. They play a logic game as a whole group, and then work with a partner on a computer to complete a worksheet that requires a variety of problem solving strategies. Word problems include all four operations.
Students explore the four-step method as an approach to solving mathematical problems and create a picture or diagram to demonstrate comprehension. In this four step math problem solving activity, students listen to the story Spaghetti and Meatballs and use paper and manipulates to solve math problems. Students discuss their answers and use math journals to record relevant information.
Fifth graders identify the steps to problem solving: STAR (Stop, Think, Act, and Review) and how the steps relate to resolving problems and conflicts. They are told that they are an employee at a game factory. Students are told that they are going to develop and make a game.
Students use a problem solving process to solve a math problem. Students work as a whole group to complete the steps. The students read the problem and underline key words. The students then use those words to generate questions. The students estimate the answer, and then plan and solve the problem.
First graders observe and demonstrate a variety of problem solving strategies to solve a problem involving a class snack and calculating the correct amount of crackers and cheese for the children in the class. They solve the problem step-by-step with the teacher, and independently fill in a pattern by skip counting by ten's.
Seventh graders identify the steps in problem solving and evaluate word problems. As a class, 7th graders read word problems, identify key words, estimate an answer, and select a problem solving strategy and solve the problem. Afterward, individual students follow problem solving steps to complete additional word problems.