So, while searching on Pinterest (of course!), I came across this pin and I just *knew* that I wanted to incorporate something like this in my room. Here is my interpretation of what I saw.
On Monday, I place an answer onto the pocket chart. I have been starting simple so far and have done "5 hats" and "9 dogs". Well....let me rephrase that....I started with what I *thought* was simple ;)
I gave my students a recording sheet where they had to write one addition, one subtraction, one multiplication, and one division problem.
Now, in my mind, it was clear that they had to write a word problem. How else would you get the answer "5 hats" if you didn't have some sort of word problem involving hats?
It wasn't so clear to my students.
They were writing regular number sentences and then just writing hats on the end.
1 + 4 = 5 hats
5/1 = 5 hats
5 x 1 = 5 hats
6 - 1 = 5 hats
Yeah...not exactly what I was going for.
I decided that a mini-lesson on key words in word problems was necessary. We filled in a little mini- anchor chart that they can keep in their math notebooks with words that they will see in word problems. (I found this cute anchor chart that I used in my room) Then, we wrote a few together. This actually made it click as to what I was looking for in The Answer Is....
|So many more kids finished this week!|
So far, I am really enjoying having this as a part of the Problem Solving rotation. It is getting the students thinking and really realizing that there are multiple ways to arrive at the same destination!
What is something you have added into your problem solving section of your math block this year?