Even though we just got back from Thanksgiving break and Christmas break is literally just around the corner (how can that be?!) we’re still working through content like it’s no one’s business. Who’s got down time in 3rd grade? #notthisteacher
Solving Word Problems Reminder
First, I reviewed with my class how to solve regular word problems. I’ve taught them the strategy, “Circle, Circle, Underline” (circle information and underline what they want them to do figure out) to help zero in on the important stuff. We solved the problem and we were ready to move on. Then, I added a second question to our previous. I showed the students how to use information gathered from our fist step to solve the second question. Once we solved, we headed back to our seats to take notes on the three step method.
I used the gradual release process as teaching structure for this method and it worked really well.
Modeling Two-Step Word Problems
First, the kiddos wrote out the 3 steps to take to solve a multi-step word problem.
I like having kids write things in their own words. Makes me think they are “owning” their learning. We worked together using the three step process to solve a sample problem right below.
Practice With a Buddy
Then, it was their turn to practice with a buddy. I have my class in Kagan style groupings, so I had them turn to their shoulder partner for this part.