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Problem Solving and Community Activity Series: Understanding the Problem with Wooden Legs

This document for teachers provides four activities to develop students' ability to understand and interpret problems. These strategies help students deepen their focus and improve their problem-solving skills. The document includes both Problem Solving goals and Communication goals, as well as sample activities and specific examples related to the Wooden Legs Problem of the Week from the Math Forum. A copy of the complete problem, the scenario (with the question removed) and student handouts for applying the problem-solving strategies are also provided.
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Contributed by: The Math Forum @ Drexel University - Publisher, Max Ray - Author, Stephen Weimar - Author, Troy P. Regis - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Learning Math Through Problem SolvingThis professional development collection supports teachers as they learn to use problem solving as a vehicle for teaching mathematics. Resources include video clips from actual classrooms, articles that relate helpful techniques and strategies, and several online courses that help teachers to advance problem-solving with their classes. This collection supports Practice Standard 1 and the Problem Solving Process Standard.
Math TopicMathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Instructor Guide/Manual

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorThe Math Forum @ Drexel University - Publisher, Max Ray - Author, Stephen Weimar - Author, Troy P. Regis - Author
    • Publication Date2011
    • Rightscopyright (c) Drexel University
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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