Problem Solving Across the CCSS Content Domains: Practice in Guided Math Groups

Posted on January 30, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Problem Solving | Tags: , , |


There is a big emphasis on problem solving across the curriculum in the new Math Common Core.  We find a great deal of problem solving in operations and algebraic thinking but it is also heavily woven throughout measurement and data as well as fractions and place value domains.   What are you doing to make sure that your students are problem solving across the curriculum?  Have you mapped it out to ensure that you solve different types of problems throughout the week?  If you do a Do Now or a Problem of the Day routine…what do these problems look like?  Are you doing money, time, graphs, fractions, mass and volume problems often, depending on your grade level?  Here are a few examples from the CCSS Domains listed below:

2.MD.8. Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies…

2.MD.10.  Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1 using information presented in a bar graph.

3.MD.1. . Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes…

3.MD.2.  Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units…

  • 4Nf3Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators…
  • 4NF4Solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number…
  • 5.NF.2. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators…
  • 5.NF.3. Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers…
I would do problem solving as an ongoing class routine, in guided math groups and in problem solving centers.
Let me know how you’re doing!
Happy Mathing,
Dr. Nicki

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