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.