# 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

Students need to learn to define or identify the problem within a math exercise, determine the cause of the problem, and develop strategies to solve it. We can recommend the following games for Grades 3-5. Students can learn math problem-solving strategies and get in some valuable practice on their multiplication and division skills. These games are also cross-curricular in Native American history and social studies, so your students will be introduced to Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe tribal history and culture.

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 Premium *

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

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 Ojibwe*

- Teaches problem-solving strategies, division and Ojibwe history. This game is free. Runs on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS and Android.

# PowerPoints on Problem-Solving

Download free PowerPoint slides and PDFs here. Each of these lessons has a Spanish-language version.

- PowerPoint: Build a Model

SPANISH PowerPoint: Construye un modelo - PDF: Build a Model

SPANISH PDF: Construye un modelo

- PowerPoint: Start at the End

SPANISH PowerPoint: Comienza desde el final - PDF: Start at the End

SPANISH PDF: Comienza desde el final

- PPT: Problem-Solving-Throw-It-Out

SPANISH PowerPoint: Quita lo que no necesitas - PDF: Problem-Solving-Throw-It-Out

SPANISH PDF: Quita lo que no necesitas

- PowerPoint: Visualize!

SPANISH PowerPoint: ¡Visualiza! - PDF: Visualize!

SPANISH PDF: ¡Visualiza!

# 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 videos on problem-solving are available below. Some are available in both English and Spanish. Click on a video title below. The embedded video will appear in a new window.

- 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.

- Video: To Solve a Math Problem, Visualize! – This video shows how visualizing a word problem can make it simpler to solve if you use objects to imagine amount of numbers being counted in certain problems.

Video: Problem-Solving – Word Problems and Division – Students learn to write down the numbers and what they represent.

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.).

- Make it an Easier Problem Solve a problem by making it into two or three easier problems. Appropriate for Grades 3-5. Spanish language version is available.