Problem-Solving Strategies Have to be Taught

Does it ever surprise you when a student doesn’t know how to solve a problem? Sometimes students don’t have a wide enough array of strategies. Problem-solving strategies give students a mechanism for identifying elements of a problem, determining a course of action, and checking the answer. We have videos, games and presentations to help you teach. 

Games with Problem-Solving Strategies

All of our games teach problem-solving to some extent, such as this video on how to solve timeline problems for years before the year 1 (that is Before the Christian Era), which is found in our game AzTech: Meet the Maya. If what you are looking for, though, is general problem-solving strategies, I would suggest these three games.

Visit Spirit Lake: The Game

This game teaches problem-solving strategies, multiplication, division and Dakota history. It plays on Mac and Windows computers. It must be installed on your device. 

Visit Making Camp Lakota

  • Teaches problem-solving strategies, division and Lakota history. Can be played in English or Lakota. This game is free. Runs on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS and Android.

Visit Making Camp Premium

  • Teaches problem-solving strategies, multiplication, division, Ojibwe history and English Language Arts. Runs on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS and Android.

PowerPoints on Problem-Solving

Ten Grade 7 PowerPoint Presentations

Ten Math PowerPoints for Grade 7
These math PowerPoints focus on Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability, Ratios, Proportional Relationships, Multistep Problems, Operations, and Geometry. Downloadable as a PPT or PDF file.

Problem-Solving Videos

Our 7 Generation Games videos are available in both English and Spanish as a bilingual option.

Elementary School

  • Build a Model – Sometimes it’s easier to understand a problem if you make it solid, using your own model. The Spanish version, Construyendo un Modelo, is included in the web page link.
  • How to Solve a Problem: Make it an Easier Problem For elementary school – Make a subtraction problem easier by regrouping. Using the example of subtraction with three-digit numbers, this video shows how to solve a problem by making it into an easier problem.
  • Start at the End – Are you not sure what the problem is asking? Here’s a tip, most often what you need to do to solve a problem is at the end.

How To Solve Timeline Problems With B.C.E. – This helpful video helps students how to read a timeline and calculate for years that occurred Beyond the Current Era (B.C.E.).

Middle School

  • Make it an Easier Problem Solve a problem by making it into two or three easier problems. Appropriate for Grades 3-5. 
  • Problema más Fácil – (Spanish) Solve a problem by making it into two or three easier problems. Appropriate for Grades 3-5.