Open-ended Problems for K-4

Hello all!

Last week I gave a session for teachers in Coquitlam looking to teach – and assess – problem-solving. We talked about what made a good problem, both in terms of content and wording, then worked through some samples across the grades.  I have posted a selection of problems for you here, which I invite you to download and use with your students.

Remember that it’s important to collect students’ thinking in a variety of forms – numbers, pictures and words, to have them engage with models or manipulatives, and wherever possible to have students communicate their understandings about a concept by translating them to a problem of their own.  The latter is no small task!  :o)  John Van de Walle’s diagram outlines the importance of not only including these representations but also connecting and bridging between them.  Students learn deeply when they transform their learning from numbers to models, from words to pictures, from problems to numbers and back again…

Carole

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