*These are other heuristics, or methods for solving a problem.Students must be taught how to use a variety of methods to solve the same problem.*

Only then can we see the results of their conceptual understanding of applying mathematics.

When we tell elementary students to make a pattern, they often do not understand.

When we "coach" our students through different problem solving puzzles, we are allowing them to develop their mathematical thinking.

The students take charge of their learning and construct personal ideas about mathematics. None of these are simple and rarely will students move through each step consecutively.

From there, students begin to apply that understanding to basic word problems and often begin using a Model Drawing approach.

A Model Drawing is simply a pictorial representation that helps students internalize and visualize math.

You can tell the children that the trunk of the tree is the problem. Little branches grow from larger branches, and to calculate the final answer you only count the final number of little branches.

You can always point out that a good way to check an answer is to re-read it and see if it actually makes sense. The guess and check problem solving techniques helps students to think logically, make predictions and use mathematical equations. Drawing a picture is the step between the visual and symbolic language of math.

Use the One Grain of Rice Worksheet to teach math problem solving with the book.

A tree diagram is useful to determine the number of given outcomes (possibilities) from a set situation.

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