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. Be sure to watch the free webinar recording, Math Problem Solving - Once a Day, the Easy Way!
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.
Each of the pages below is a free sample from one of the Daily Math Puzzler ebooks.
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.
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.
These worksheets are designed to be sent home once a week for students to attempt to do on their own. My students were allowed to get help but the drawings and explanations had to be in their own words and they had to be able to explain their solutions if called on in class. I'm working on creating a complete collection of Weekly Math Challenge problems which will be called Math Mindset Challenges. But for now you can give these a try!
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: