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.
First, the kiddos wrote out the 3 steps to take to solve a multi-step word problem.
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.