Education Technology

# Activities

• ##### Subject Area

• Math: Elementary Math: Algebraic Thinking

K-5

60 Minutes

• ##### Device
• TI-15 Explorer™
• ##### Other Materials
This is Activity 1 from the EXPLORATIONS Book:
A World of Mathematics: Activities for Grades 4, 5, and 6 Using the TI-15

The following materials are required for this activity:
• Problem cards
• Problem-solving steps
• Problem-solving strategies card

## Problem-Solving Steps

#### Activity Overview

Students learn the four steps of problem solving: Understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the results. This activity helps students develop skills to solve problems.

#### Before the Activity

• See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
• Print pages 1 - 8 from the attached PDF file for your class
• #### During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

• Give each group one problem card and one set of problem-solving steps

• Understand the Problem
• Cross out extra information that is not needed
• Understand all the words
• Write the problem in other words

• Make a Plan
• Identify which strategy from the strategies card can help solve the problem
• List the steps to solve the problem
• Identify other information that is needed to solve the problem

• Carry out the Plan
• Follow the steps to solve the problem

• Evaluate the Results
• Determine if there is more than one right answer
• Examine all answers and steps used
• Share the presentation with the class
• #### After the Activity

• Review student results
• As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
• Re-teach concepts as necessary