Aspect 3: Pattern and number Structure – Number Properties.Vocabulary knowledge, Cluster 10, Marker 1: Demonstrates understanding that words can have different meanings in different contexts.For further information please see Newman’s error analysis Use Newman’s prompts as a whole class to model how to start thinking about solving the problem.
This chapter is all about the students using math problem solving strategies to get themselves organized before or while they are solving a problem.
The math problem solving strategies discussed in this chapter are: It is important to note that these strategies do not have to be used in isolation.
If modeled correctly and practiced enough in the younger grades, these students will be able to use these strategies fluently to solve more complex problems in grades 3-5.
The chapter provided different problems for each strategy to try out. But, this inspired me to write similar word problems to use to model these strategies in the first weeks of school. This format would be good for projecting them on a smartboard or promethean board because who has all that ink.
This strategy, though often used by many students, could be developed into a more efficient problem solving strategy.
I loved how the book was all about modeling these strategies with the students.
Check the working out and make sure that your solution is actually answering the question.
When students use this strategy, they will make a reasonable guess, based on the information that they have been given and then check to see if their guess is correct The guesses should get closer and closer to the answer, until the correct answer is found.
However, in the same ways that we teach strategies for other areas of maths, we can also teach strategies to solve maths problems. The first and most important step is to read the problem carefully to understand what you're asked to find out and what information you have been given. They can then work out the solution from the diagram that has been drawn.
When solving maths problems, students should be encouraged to follow a general problem solving procedure. Underlining the important information is also useful so you have all the important numbers/facts to hand. The guess and check strategy can be helpful for many types of problems.