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    By csteach

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    I have my students make two charts to help them with problem solving. The first chart is divided into fourths and students write down clue or key words that tell them which operation to use. The second chart is divided into sixths and students label each part with a different strategy. Then they find examples from the text that fit each strategy. They write down the words and or phrases that signal "make a table", "guess and check", "find a pattern", etc... They also use a different colored pen to write out and example of how they would solve the problem for the strategy.
    For example with guess and check they would write in red _____ + _____=______. This reminds them how to set the problem up once they know which strategy to use. Their papers are kept in plastic sleeves and they use them throughout the year.

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