As a thank you- I wanted to
PLUS there are sheets where there are four posters to a page in case you want to have students put them in their math notebooks (which is what we are going to do!)
We have been working on exemplars (does everyone call word problems that??). This past week they had a problem similar to this: Fourth grade is going on a field trip. There are 187 students, 6 teachers, and 14 parents going. If 45 people can fit on a bus, how many buses will they need?
So, you and I would add all the people going, divide that by 45, get a remainder of 27. We'd realize that we can't leave 27 behind so we'd need 5 buses. Done (except the part where we write and explain how we solved, which is the whole purpose of exemplars).
So....most of my students....
DREW A PICTURE!
Drew all 207 people getting on 5 buses.
Really??? That's the best strategy???
I have failed them.
But now I have my superheroes done and next week, we are gonna attack some problem solving like MATH SUPERHEROES!! (can you hear the theme to Rocky playing in your head, or is that just me?)
Obviously I have learned that we need to review different ways to solve problems and when some strategies work better than others and I think this is the perfect way to roll this out.
That's it!! We SO appreciate you for following our little blog!!
What do you think about the posters? How do you teach problem solving?
PS- They did get the right answer, which is great, but hopefully they'll see they could have gotten to it in a different way!