Sunday, April 1, 2012

Problem.....SOLVED!

Problem solving is always a tricky element to teach to students.  I have taught third grade, first grade, and now second grade.  Since our district has implemented Singapore Math, I have absolutely loved teaching the 8 Steps of Model Drawing.  This method has helped my students tremendously when it comes to analyzing and correctly answering problems in math.  The year our district started Singapore Math, I was teaching third grade.  I wasn't too overwhelmed about teaching problem solving, but the following year I moved to first grade.  I was totally in shock about how to help the students keep the 8 steps organized and readable.  I created this diagram to help them fill out as they moved through the 8 steps of problem solving. To my surprise, the kiddos totally got it and were successful as they solved the problems!  I have continued to use this diagram for the students even this year as I teach second grade.  I am fortunate to be able to see just how effective this strategy has been, since I have several students this year from my first grade class last year.

 

I uploaded my diagram- they are mini....I use these daily and the students get one per day to fill out and glue into their math workbook to solve problems.  You could glue them into a notebook, or I have even used them as exit slips and collected them as they leave for recess or lunch.  One of my co-workers, Kolleen, created a scoring rubric to go along with the model drawing process.  I fancied it up a bit and attached it for free as well.  Take a look at a few of the slides I added to the page as well.  If you want to purchase the whole unit, you can visit my Teachers Pay Teachers page by clicking on my button to the right!  I hope you have as much success as I have teaching problem solving!

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Have you ever used model drawing before?
-Gretchen

10 comments:

  1. Great Teacher Feature post on TBA! I'm a new follower :)

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  2. Loved the video on TBA! I really like the idea of having steps to follow, I'm now your newest follower :)
    Swing by my lil' blog when you get a chance :) Thanks again for sharing!
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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    1. Thanks Libby! We are now following you!

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  3. Saw you girls on TBA and came over to follow! Precious blog! Can't wait to read more! Come visit when you can!


    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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    1. Thanks Laura! I love your Water Cycle activities!
      Amy

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  4. Just found your blog on TBA! I'm a new follower of this cute blog! I'd love for you to come visit mine sometime =)
    Bobbie

    http://thedailycupcake-akindergartenblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thanks! Your blog makes me want to eat a cupcake! It's so cute! Amy

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  6. Hi girls!

    I tagged you guys in a post I just wrote! I am really trying to start learning more about Singapore Math and you are one of my main go-tos! Thanks for all of your great Singapore posts!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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