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  • Four Step Problem Solving Process
    Taught in grades K-5 to equip students with an approach and different methods to solve problems 
    1. Understand the Problem

    What is the problem? What is given? What is known?

    Note: Read slowly and carefully for details. Annotate by underlining, circling, and highlighting action words.

    2. Devise a Plan

    What is the plan for solving this problem? Will you add, subtract, multiply, divide, or do a combination of operations? Do you see a pattern?

    (Use annotated details to plan.)

    3. Carry out the Plan

    Do you know what to do to solve the problem? Do you know how to do what is in your plan? Did you check your computation or procedure?

    (Show steps and procedures.)

    4. Think Back

    Does the solution make sense?
    Does the answer satisfy the original problem or answer the original question?

    (Reflect on the original problem; check.)

  • Use of Manipulatives
    Concrete objects are used to help develop children’s logical reasoning skills.
    After working with objects that can be manipulated, students are better able to think in abstract terms.
  • Use of Technology
    Computers are used to instruct and offer practice in various skill areas.
    Teachers and students access web sites and utilize various software to assist in skill mastery.

    Calculators are utilized as tools to assist students in solving more complex problems.

    Children’s Engineering (design technology) offers an avenue for students to apply mathematical concepts in a concrete way as they design, build, and test.