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 four games:

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. This game is fun for anyone but for schools that have slow or unreliable Internet it is a godsend.

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.

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 (BCE).

Middle School

  • Make it an Easier Problem (middle school) – Solve a problem by making it into two or three easier problems. Appropriate for grades 5 to 8. 
  • Problema más Fácil – Spanish-language video – Solve a problem by making it into two or three easier problems. Appropriate for grades 5 to 8.