Today I put the strategy I described yesterday into action with my 3rd grade tutorial group. I developed a little cheat sheet (click on the picture below for the document) for them to glue on the inside of their math journal covers. With their help, I modeled a couple of problems on the SMART board while they did the work in their math journals. Okay, get this. The LOVED it! Actually, that didn’t really surprise me, because it’s been my experience that kids enjoy drawing problems to solve them.
I explained to the kids that these steps work best on a certain type of problem–one where they need to decide whether to add, subtract, multiply, divide, or a combination of the operations. My rule of thumb is that if it sounds like a story when you read it (setting, characters, etc.), you can probably solve it by drawing.
Enjoy your Friday tomorrow. 🙂