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Grade 2
28 activities—177 pages

Solve It! 2nd: Problem-Solving Strategies further develops students’ problem-solving abilities by identifying and reinforcing nine effective techniques through creative hands-on investigations. A storyboard with lily pads and plastic frogs help students learn how to solve problems by acting them out. Goldfish crackers and a fishbowl show students how to use manipulatives to find the answer. The engaging tasks not only build a foundation of problem-solving strategies, but also allow learners to apply and expand their number, computation, geometry, data organization, and algebra skills.

Solve It! 2nd: Problem-Solving Strategies addresses
•    guess and check
•    look for patterns
•    use manipulatives
•    draw out the problem
•    use logical thinking
•    write a number sentence
•    work backwards
•    organize the information, and
•    wish for an easier problem.

Teachers will appreciate how each strategy is broken down, defined, and then reinforced through hands-on activities that use the strategy to solve problems. There are also practice problems in the back of the book in which students must decide which problem-solving strategy to use. These problems can be creatively used—as morning work, during the few minutes before buses are called or lunch is served, etc.—as a means to further discuss and review the nine strategies.

This book will supply students with a toolbox of techniques to draw from when approaching problems. These skills will serve them well not only in mathematics, but also in other academic subjects and their everyday lives.


The free sample(s) below contains the table of contents, and a free activity from this book.
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