Solving math problems is core to understanding math concepts. When Math problems are presented as real-life problems students get a chance to apply their Math knowledge and skills. Word problems progressively develop a student’s ability to visualize and logically interpret Mathematical situations.
Our ‘200 Challenging Math Problems Series’provides numerous opportunities to every student to practice their math skills and develop their confidence of being a lifelong problem solver.
1. The multi-step problem solving exercises in the books involve several math concepts. Student will learn more from these problems solving exercises than doing ten worksheets on the same math concepts.
2. The problems require higher-order thinking and reasoning.
3. The problems contribute to a better grasp of concepts.
4. The problemsgive an opportunity to the teacher to assess the student’s areas of strength and weakness.
5. The problems can be solved by students in multiple ways using different solution strategies. This challenges the students to apply multiple concepts together to deduce a logical solution; which is the real purpose of learning Math.
6. The problemscreate a meaningful engagement with the Math content for the student that keeps them interested and invested in their Math learning journey.
Follow these 4 steps and all the Math problems will be a NO PROBLEM!
Read the problem carefully:
What do I need to find out? What math operation is needed to solve the problem? For example addition, subtraction, multiplication, division etc. What clues and information do I have? What are the key words like sum, difference, product, perimeter, area, etc.? Which is the non-essential information?
Decide a plan
Develop a plan based on the information that you have to solve the problem. Consider various strategies of problem solving: Drawing a model or picture making a list looking for pattern Working backwards Guessing and checking using logical reasoning
Solve the problem
Carry out the plan using the Math operation or formula you choose to find the answer.
Check your answer
Check if the answer looks reasonable Work the problem again with the answer Remember the units of measure with the answer such as feet, inches, meter etc.
Note to the Teachers and Parents
Help students become great problem solvers by modelling a systematic approach to solve problems. Display the ‘Four step plan of problem solving’ for students to refer to while working independently or in groups.