Problem solving strategies IN GRADES K - 2

Erie 1 BOCES
May 20, 2013
Facilitators: Andrea Tamarazio & Steve Graser
NY State Curriculum Updates
K – 5 Module 1 is currently available
6 – 12 Overview of Module 1 is currently available
Curriculum Maps for Grades 6 – 12 are available
Changes have been made to the K – 5 Curriculum Map
Grade 2
 Module Titles
Link to K – 5 Materials
Link to 6 – 12 Materials
K – 5 Modules
Modules released during May NTI
Kindergarten Module 1
 Grade 1 Module 1
 Grade 2 Modules 1 & 2
 Grade 3 Module 1
 Grade 4 Module 1
 Grade 5 Module 1
Other Modules also available
Kindergarten Module 5
 Grade 2 Module 3
 Grade 3 Module 5
 Grade 5 Module 3
Recommended Instructional Minutes
60 minutes
Application Problems (RDW)
Concept Development (includes Problem Set)
Math Models
Student Debrief
45 minutes
Application Problems (RDW)
Concept Development
Math Models
Student Debrief
Primary Resource
Districts have choices regarding the modules
 Adopt
 Adapt
 Delete
If adapting or ignoring, it is highly recommended to
implement a Balanced Math Program that will
include the following:
 Daily
 Problem Solving
 Student Reflection
Lessons within a Unit Activity
Using your grade level knowledge, create a scope
and sequence of lesson titles (6 – 10) for facilitation
of instruction on addition.
Title of the Unit is Addition
 Modify
by grade level for hierarchy
Lessons within a Unit
Title: Units of Measure
 Lesson
 Lesson 2:
 Lesson 3:
 Lesson 4:
 Lesson 5:
 Lesson 6:
 Lesson 7:
Converting Customary Units of Length
Converting Customary Units of Capacity
Converting Customary Units of Weight
Converting Metric Units of Length
Converting Metric Units of Capacity
Converting Metric Units of Weight
Problem Solving: Multi-Step Problems
What is Problem Solving?
Solving problems is not only a goal of learning
mathematics but also a major means of doing so…
Problem solving is an integral part of all
mathematics learning, and so it should not be an
isolated part of mathematics program. Problem
solving in mathematics should involve all the five
content areas described in these standards …
Good problems will integrate multiple topics and
will involve significant mathematics.
-NCTM, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000), p.52
Mathematical Practices
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning
of others
Model with mathematics
Use appropriate tools strategically
Attend to precision
Look for and make use of structure
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
How are you providing an opportunity for your
students to apply and explain the mathematical
How are you including writing in your math
Writing for Problem Solving in Math
“When students write, their papers provide a window
into their understandings, their misconceptions, and
their feelings about the content.”
M. Burns, “Writing in Math,” Education Leadership, 62(2)
(October 2004), p.30
Organize and consolidate their mathematical
thinking through communication
Communicate mathematical thinking coherently and
clearly to others
Analyze and evaluate mathematical thinking and
strategies of others
Use the language of mathematics to express
mathematical ideas precisely.
NCTM, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000)
Writing for Understanding Activity
Freddie has $250 in ten dollar bills. How many ten dollar bills
does Freddie have?
He gave 6 ten dollar bills to his brother. How many ten dollar
bills does he have left?
Summarize sentence one in 15words or less. Then
summarize sentence one and two in 15 words or less.
Summarize sentences one, two, and three in 15 words
or less. Summarize all of the sentences in 15 words or
Selecting the Problem Solving Task
Does this problem promote application of the
mathematical ideas presented in the current instructional
focus or unit of study?
Does this problem match students’ current instructional
Is this problem accessible to all students?
Is the problem relevant and engaging to students?
Does this problem require students to “stretch” their
mathematical reasoning abilities?
Selecting the Problem Solving Task
Does this problem involve more than one strand or
standard of mathematics?
Is there more than one way to solve the problem?
Could the problem be extended or enriched?
Do I fully understand the mathematics in this
problem, so that I can better facilitate student
Goal for Problem Solving at the
Primary Grade Levels
Ultimate goal for primary grade students is for
them to be able - by the end of the school year –
to solve a multistep problem and to communicate
verbally and in writing the process they used.
Scaffolds to Meet Goal
Model the process for the whole class until familiar
Student solve the selected problems in cooperative
groups or selected teams
Partner students to solve a given problem together
We expect students to be able to complete the
entire process independently
Whole Class Instruction
Teacher and students read the problem together.
The teacher makes sure the student understands
what the problem is asking
Students work 5 to 10 minutes to solve the problem
individually, with manipulatives (recording work on
Students share possible strategies for solving the
Teacher and students decide on a solution(s) to the
Whole Class Instruction (cont)
Teacher creates a class Data Sheet
Students copy the Data Sheet
Teacher and students compose a few sentences to
describe how the problem was solved
Teacher records the sentences on chart paper to be
posted in the classroom
Students copy the class-written explanation
Cooperative Teams
Teacher arranges the students into small
cooperative groups
Guided by teachers, students attempt to solve a
new problem
Using words, pictures, and/or numbers, the students
complete the Data Sheet
The students then complete then work onto Chart
Students share out to the rest of the class
Benefits of Cooperative Teams
Different teams will describe their process
differently and thus add to everyone’s
understanding of the problem
Examples around the room will provide references
for the next solving activity
Math team posters are updated regularly which
keeps student interest in the problem solving process
Problem Solving Task Write Up Guide
The total bill for Cassie and Brooke’s dinner was
$18.40. They want to leave a 15% tip. How should
they determine how much tip to leave? What is the
total amount that Cassie and Brooke spent for dinner?
Explain your answer.
Problem Solving Task Write Up Guide
 Write your name on a piece of paper
 Solve the problem using words, pictures, and / or numbers
 Number each step as you work to solve the problem
 Write a number sentence to match your problem
 Write your answer in a sentence under your solution
 Now write a short paragraph that explains, step by step,
how you solved the problem
 Use math vocabulary
 Use this write-up guide to help you write your paragraph
Assessing Student’s Problem Solving
How are you currently assessing student problem
solving in your classroom?
Elements to Consider…
What particular elements do you want to see the
students include in their problem solving?
Issues to Think About …
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer, Right Process
Calculation Errors
Math Vocabulary
Strategies used to solve
Spelling and Conventions
Fluency of Explanations
Guidelines for Rubrics
Performance levels – how many?
Publish and distribute to students prior to them
beginning the problem solving process
Problem Solving Rubric Activity
Problem: Mario has a wall in his room that measures
13 feet long and 8 ½ feet high and is freshly
painted. He wants to hang his favorite posters on the
wall. Each poster measures 3 feet long and 2 feet
high. What is the greatest number of posters that he
can hang on the wall so that the posters do not
Problem Solving Rubric Activity (cont)
Create a rubric or guidelines for scoring
Include levels and criteria for each level (first draft)
Problem Solving Rubric Activity (cont)
Hints for Primary Grades
or 4 levels
 Exemplary
 Proficient
 Progressing
 Beginning
 Self
 Teacher Evaluation
Let’s Create
Find or create a word problem that meets the
criteria discussed
Create an appropriate data sheet and write up
sheet for the problem
Create an appropriate rubric, include levels and
criteria for each level
Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel
free to contact us.
Andrea Tamarazio
Steve Graser

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