Problem Solving Teacher Resources

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EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students discuss problem solving related to business.  For this business lesson, students discuss problems that may arise in a business and then brainstorm ways to solve such problems with a step by step technique.
Students explore the role of problem-solving engineers. In this engineering activity, 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 activity.
In this problem solving learning exercise, students solve a variety of problems.  Problems include topics such as rate, time, similar figures, volume, and functions.  This one-page learning exercise contains ten multiple-choice problems.  Answers may be submitted online for immediate response.
In this problem solving worksheet, students solve problems involving similar figures, polynomials, integers, and exponents.  This one-page worksheet contains ten multiple-choice worksheets.  Students may submit this online worksheet for grading.
In this problem solving worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice SAT practice problems.  Students find the area of circles, slope of a line, solve absolute value inequalities, etc.
In this problem solving practice test, students select the best answer from 4 choices to ten questions. Questions are word problems and cover a variety of topics.
Students learn about charrettes. In this arts lesson, students use creative problem solving processes used by design professionals and then investigate the role of problem solving in the world of design.
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.
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 lesson, 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.
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.
Learners demonstrate knowledge of the six basic steps to problem solving. They demonstrate ability to apply these six basic steps to problem solving by guiding other students in the solution of a given problem or set of problems.
First graders observe and demonstrate a variety of problem solving strategies to solve problems involving one-to-one correspondence and whole numbers to 100. They discuss the steps of the problem solving process, and solve a word problem step-by-step with the teacher.
Students ask essential questions and problem solve. In this science lesson plan, students investigate problems solving models, strategies, group riles and group dynamics. They explore group problem solving as they complete their assignment.
Students are introduced to the Gaia hypothesis by examining a conceptual sketch. In groups, they analyze the way they can use Dewey's method for problem solving to solve problems within the environment. They are given a problem facing the environment and present their solutions to the class.
Help your charges solve a variety of fraction and skip counting problems using a problem solving process. As a class they work through a fraction problem step-by-step, and discuss a real-life connection to the problem. Students then play a number bingo or board game.
Help your class solve story problems. Second graders will work in groups to solve a math story, review the problem solving process, and write in their math journals to reflect on the activity. This activity will also focus on reading comprehension skills and verbal mathematical communication skills. 
Focused on building strong reading comprehension and problem solving strategies, learners solve various math story problems in small groups. They share their answers along with their strategies. The strategies they practice include highlighting important information in the word problems and drawing an illustration to go along with the word problem.
Students use community problem solving to solve a littering problem in the community of San Carlos. Students use a Role Play Description to learn this process.
Students use symbols and dots to investigate the amino acids in a protein. In this problem solving lesson plan, students use dots and symbolic analogies to solve problems using the IDEAL problem solving method which includes identifying the problem, defining the problem, exploring possibilities, acting on the possibilities and looking for the desired results. They use this method to find the amino acid sequence for a protein.
Using everyday, familiar scenarios, this problem solving learning exercise has students read math story problems and determine the operation necessary to solve each. Kids determine the necessary information, and utilize either basic addition, subtraction, or multiplication to find answers. Nine problems are on this one learning exercise, with an answer sheet attached. Consider having students underline pertinent information and write out the equation numerically.