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    By JS

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    By problem solving I'm assuming you mean solving word problems??? If so, I have a 6 step strategy that I have posted and the children HAVE to do it in their math notebooks whenever they come across a word problem.
    Step 1: Read the problem carefully.
    Step 2: Underline the question.
    Step 3: Circle the facts needed to solve the problem.
    Step 4: Solve the problem.
    Step 5: Answer the question in a complete sentence.
    Step 6: Write about HOW you solved the problem and which words in the problem gave you clues on which operation to use.

    This works well for me and gets the kids thinking about HOW to problem solve.
    A 7th step could be added- check your work.

    Hope this helps.



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