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Math Problem Solving Resources



Laura Candler's Math Problem Solving page is where you'll find great resources for teaching problem solving as well as a variety of math problem activity pages.

Many of the items on this page are free and do not come with directions. For complete problem solving lessons, check out the Daily Math Puzzlers, a series of four leveled books that include information on how to teach problem solving as well as mixed-problem activity pages for students.


Free Daily Math Puzzler Sample Pages

Each of the pages below is a free sample from one of the Daily Math Puzzler ebooks.

Daily Math Puzzlers Level A Daily Math Puzzlers Level B Sample Daily Math Puzzlers Level C Daily Math Puzzlers Level D Sample
Links to Free Problem Solving Strategies


Problem Solving

Free Problem Solving Assessment ebook

Use the simple pretests in this ebook to learn how skilled your students are at solving problems and where to start them in the Daily Math Puzzler program. Even if you don't use the Daily Math Puzzler program, you'll gain valuable insights as to HOW your students attack word problems and solve them. Click the link or cover image to sign up for this free set of leveled problem solving assessments. After you submit your requests, go to you inbox and look for the email with the freebie. You'll see links to the American version shown here and the International version.



Math Mindset Challenges: Editable Multi-step Word Problems

Math Mindset Challenges


Recharge & Write Problem Solving Strategy (Video Clip)

Recharge & Write is a terrific cooperative learning strategy that gets kids talking about math problems but holds them accountable for understanding how to solve each problem. I recorded a short video to explain how it works, and I provided even more detail my blog post, How to Recharge Mathematical Thinking.


Weekly Math Challenge Freebies

If you're looking for the Weekly Math Challenge printables shown below, they're free for my newsletter subscribers. To find them, sign up for Candler's Classroom Connections and follow the links to the Best Freebies page. You can find many more problems like this in the Math Mindset Challenges collection!

Weekly Math Challenge 1 Weekly Math Challenge 2 Weekly Math Challenge #3 Weekly Math Challenge #4



Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter Professional Development Webinar

Math Problem Solving: Mindset Matters

Do your students hate problem solving? Unfortunately, most kids dread math word problems, and this mindset causes them to give up on problems they might be able to solve with a little persistence. In this webinar, I dove into the most recent research and best practices for helping kids develop a mathematical mindset. When you implement these strategies, you'll be amazed at how quickly your students flip their thinking and start to love the challenge of solving a tough problem! To see what you can expect from this webinar, download the free webinar note-taking pages.

I've added the webinar to all of the products and bundles below. If you've already purchased one of those items, head over to your TpT My Purchases page to download your free update!

Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter Webinar Pack
Math Mindset Challenges Webinar Bundle
Math Problem Solving Mega Bundle
Interactive Teaching Webinars Bundle

Daily Math Puzzlers Level A
Daily Math Puzzlers Level B
Daily Math Puzzlers Level C
Daily Math Puzzlers Level D


Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
Standards for Mathematical Practices

The Common Core State Standards include eight mathematical practices that should be included as a regular part of math instruction. I created the chart shown on the right that you can use as you plan instruction to ensure that you are meeting these standards throughout the week.

What to do the standards mean?

The NC Department of Public instruction has created a set of documents for grade level called "Unpacking the Standards." These documents are a goldmine of information and strategies for teachers! One extremely helpful part of each document is the chart of Mathematical Practices that specifies how those standards look at that particular grade level. The Standards for Mathematical Practice can be found near the beginning of each document below:


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