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.

LeeAnn McKinney says

Love it! My students are struggling with two step problems. I love all the ways your students showed their answer and the math talk that resulted!!

Kim Satola says

I love this! Dropbox will not load on my computer for some reason, could you email it to me? kim.satola@gmail.com thanks so much!!

Mrs. E Teaches Math says

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sraecarter says

Thank you so much!! This will be a great anchor chart for my students to put in their math notebooks. To remind them of what we have talked about.

Tim Murphy says

Beautiful gradual release lessons

amy says

this is great, but do you have any English language learners in your classroom to attend to that would need more support?

Leigh says

Amy- yes I have ESOL in my room. I teach in Florida and the area I teach has a moderate ESOL population. This is why I made the ISN pages. To give my students more structure within the math problem to help sort through the language.