There’s more than one way to solve a problem, which is why we have a whole series of videos teaching problem-solving.
One problem-solving strategy: build a model
A model can be visual, as shown in this video. There’s also nothing wrong with a physical model, say, actually putting a dozen books in a box. After watching the video, ask your students to come up with some examples of models for solving math problems.
Recommended Grades 3- 5
Math: Multiplication and Division
This video is from our free educational video game Making Camp. Players practice multiplication and division skills while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American history.
If you like Making Camp, you’ll LOVE Making Camp Premium. It has twice the math and social studies activities, PLUS get the completely new words challenges section, an activity randomizer and more. Customize your virtual wigwam inside and out. Earn points by solving math problems, learning about language arts and answering social studies questions in the village-building simulation game.