# Problem Solving

## More RTI Math Resources

Here is the IES guide to RTI (federal gov) in Math. It outlines the interventions very clearly, with a discussion about the research findings of each recommendation. Well worth using as a study guide in PD sessions. Everybody that works with students in math should be aware of the information in the packet! Here are the research based recommendations:

Recommendation 1. Screen all

students to identify those at risk for

potential mathematics difficulties and

provide interventions to students

identified as at risk.

Recommendation 2. Instructional

materials for students receiving

interventions should focus intensely

on in-depth treatment of whole

numbers in kindergarten through

grade 5 and on rational numbers in

grades 4 through 8. These materials

should be selected by committee.

Recommendation 3. Instruction during

the intervention should be explicit and

systematic. This includes providing

models of proficient problem solving,

verbalization of thought processes,

guided practice, corrective feedback,

and frequent cumulative review.

Recommendation 4. Interventions

should include instruction on solving

word problems that is based on

common underlying structures.

Recommendation 5. Intervention

materials should include opportunities

for students to work with visual

representations of mathematical

ideas and interventionists should

be proficient in the use of visual

representations of mathematical ideas.

Recommendation 6. Interventions at

all grade levels should devote about

10 minutes in each session to building

fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts.

Recommendation 7. Monitor the

progress of students receiving

supplemental instruction and other

students who are at risk.

Recommendation 8. Include

motivational strategies in tier 2 and

tier 3 interventions.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Number Sense Power Points

I found a really great resource today. Be sure to check out these two power points about numbers and operations.

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## Math Problem Solving Posters

Here are some great posters that use the Acronym ACE.

Poster 1

See the write up on this page. Scroll down to Constructed Response Resources for Mathematics.

Happy Mathing,

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## More Problem Solving Rubrics: Teach to the Whole Class, Review in Guided Math Groups

Math Word Problem Solving Rubrics give students an opportunity to see where they are and where they need to go. Rubrics should be used as part of a conversation. They should provide some specific feedback about what’s great and what’s still in progress. Ideally, once students receive the feedback they get a chance to incorporate it as part of their learning journey. In other words, they should get a chance to fix what they got wrong:) You can discuss specific problems and errors in individual conferences or in small guided math groups. Gather students together who have made the same errors and discuss how to correct those errors. Here are some examples of word problem rubrics:

Example 3

Example 4: Click here (if it doesn’t download then Google this term *Word Problem* PTA (Scoring *Rubric*)

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## Exemplar Math Tasks

Here is a great resource for some math writing tasks. You have to scroll down and the math tasks are listed by grade level on the right. What do you think of these tasks? How would your students do? Notice the emphasis on precise language, representation and perseverance through the problem.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Word Problem Solving Rubric: Teach to whole class, review in guided math groups

Here is a great word problem solving rubric! I would discuss this and make examples with the class so everyone understands all the elements. I would also make individual copies so students would have it as an “up and close” reference. They could keep it in their problem solving notebooks. I would go over their story problems in small guided math groups, guided by the rubric.

Happy Mathing,

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## Pumpkin Math

Pumpkin Math is so much fun! Here are some ideas.

http://sheila-gaquin.suite101.com/classroom-alternative-to-halloween-a71441

http://www.mathwire.com/archives/october09.html

http://www.dreambox.com/blog/pumpkin-math-calendar

http://rhlschool.com/math7n2.htm

http://math.about.com/od/themeworksheets/ss/pumpkin.htm

http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/act_g_pumpkin.html

http://www.teachingheart.net/apumpkinunit.html

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/shapespace8.html

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson028.shtml

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## October Math Writing Prompts

October Math Word Problems:

http://fi.edu/school/math2/oct.html

http://www.rhlschool.com/math6n7.htm

Remember that the Common Core states that students will solve problems one way and check their answers in a different way. Also encourage them to use math words in their explanations. Be sure to discuss these problems in small guided math groups so that you can listen to responses and give everyone an opportunity to speak.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Rich Math for July: Great Center Activities

This is a great site for rich math activities. Here is what they are doing in July! These are great thinking activities for kids. Be sure to make the students talk through what they are doing and why they are doing it! We need to do more of this type of stuff where our students really have to problem solve rather than just calculate!

Happy Mathing,

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