## Writing Multiplication Problems

Here is a great site to get started. Remember that in the CCSS students are suppose to solve and pose word problems! This is in most standards, whether or not your using the CCSS content.

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## Making Math Fun!

Today I was in a PD meeting with some great teachers. In discussing the takeaways, one teacher wrote:

**Make Math Fun!**

That is a brilliant takeaway. Don’t ever forget that.

When I first started teaching the buzz words were “developmentally appropriate practice.” Somewhere along this standards journey many folks have lost sight of the fact that we teach children. Math should be fun for them! Math should be developmentally appropriate! Fun is very compatible with academically rigorous, standards based learning experiences, IF you know how to do it right!

For example, I just found this great site that has tons of printable masks. What better way to *explore, learn, master* story problems than that! (AND THE COMMON CORE MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 3 SAYS STUDENTS SHOULD ACT OUT SITUATIONS.” So the next time you are trying to get your students to understand the various cgi problem types, and folks are struggling with *a both addends unknown or a compare bigger part unknown.*..ACT IT OUT. CGI is what the core has adapted as the word problem framework) see the here page. 7, 9, 18 and 23).

Printable Masks! More Masks! Even More Masks!

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## Problem Solving in Action

Here is a great video that shows how to scaffold problem solving! Notice the use of graphic organizers, math talk and public speaking.

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## More Word Problem Resources

Here are some 3rd, 4th and 5th grade word problem resources!

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## 4 Must Have Workstations: Problem Solving Part 2

In the word problem station, students should also be writing problems. Remember that reasoning has to do with both contextualizing (numbers to words) and decontextualizing (words to numbers). So, make sure you give the students opportunities to write word problems at least once or twice a week. The research states that it is important to give the students the units along with the numbers.

Must read article: The Answer is 20 Cookies, What’s the question?

See my word problem Pinterest Board for some ideas (anchor charts of Think Math)

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## Must have Math Workstations: Math Word Problems (Part 1)

Problem Solving is super important. Students need to have many opportunities to engage with problem solving throughout math workshop. Remember that it is not about the key words but rather the problem types! Here are 5 ideas for the problem solving station.

#1 Do Word Problem Sorts where students have to sort the problems by types

#2 Have students solve problems using templates to scaffold their thinking

#3 Use math mats at all grade levels (students can make up all types of stories from addition/subtraction/multiplication/division/fractions and rations) (also look here under the different calculations for more mats) (and check out my math mats board) (also PROBLEM SOLVING BOOKS – CCSS ALIGNED BY GRADE)

#4 Definitely use CGI Resources (Just google CGI Math)

# 5 Use Math Playground Bar Diagramming Videos and Thinking Blocks Practice

P.S. Be sure to check out my Word Problem Pinterest Board for More ideas

P.S.S. More Great Resources!

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## An interesting problem solving packet!

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## Talking about Word Problems

Here is a great upper elementary word problem resource! Explore some of them in whole group, some in guided math groups and put others in workstations for students to solve in groups, with partners and alone.

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## Another Great CCSS CGI Resource

Here is a link to more CCSS CGI word problems!

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## Around the World with Math Games

Here is a great link to some fun world math games to play with your students!

International Math Board Games

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