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Showing posts with label math story problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math story problems. Show all posts

What Color is the Ribbon?

One of the hardest things for little mathematicians is figuring out how to solve word problems in math. 

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.


I have a little strategy that helps in many cases: get them to visualize the situation. 

The other day, my students were doing a word problem that included measuring a ribbon, and comparing it to another ribbon. 

They looked a little confused, so I suggested they pictured the story problem in their minds. Then I started asking questions...

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.

Then I kept going.

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.

Then I worked on getting them to visualize the story.

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.

And a little more directed questioning...

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.

This pretty much wrapped it up! (pardon the "ribbon" pun!) They were able to use the picture in their minds to solve the number problem.

This strategy helps in many cases! 


In fact, after a while, they start to ask themselves these questions and can solve the problems by themselves!

Of course, independence is our goal, but we have to lead them there, don't we?

What Color is the Ribbon? A simple strategy to help students solve math word problems.

Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources

Do you have the luck of the Irish? 

St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, and here are some resources to get you ready!

Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources: Here are videos, books, ideas, and 3 freebies to help your students learn about the Irish

Here are a couple of videos to help your students learn about Ireland!


And, of course, a nice sample of one of those things Ireland is famous for: Irish Step Dancing!
 

Plus, I have 3 freebies for you! Check them out!
 


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I always make sure the children recognize the Irish Flag.
 
And listen to Irish music.


And, of course, books!
      
And books by some favorite authors:


I'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Week right after Read Across America Week!  I  just can't spend a day on any of these great holidays! There is too much fun learning to be had!
 

How do you enjoy these March holidays with your students?


Top O' the Morning! St. Patrick's Day Resources: Here are videos, books, ideas, and 3 freebies to help your students learn about the Irish

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