# Problem solving chart

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Does anyone know where I can get a chart of problem solving strategies for a 10 year old? I am happy to make one myself, but wouldn't mind saving the time. I want to hang it in our school room as a handy reference...

Thanks!

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Thanks...I was thinking more along the lines of strategies to solve a math/word problem...

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I think I found this list on these boards...and apologize that I cannot give credit to whomever posted it as I don't remember. It is specifically for math.

If they ask how many snakes got loose in the zoo, donâ€™t tell me how many reptiles there are total?

You cannot have 20.6 people in the hospital unless you are a statistician!

Does it have the correct units?

Is it on the correct scale?

A person should not be 30 feet tall unless they are in a fairy tale.

Did you answer all parts of the question?

If it is a three part question, you will not get credit for only answering one part.

Did you check for correct signs (pos/neg) and operations (donâ€™t add if you should be subtracting, etc.)

Donâ€™t forget to check for subtracting negative numbers and other sign errors.

Did you spot check a few problems for careless computation errors?

Rework a few problems backwards.

If you show your work I can give you partial credit or understand where you may need help.

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Thanks..this is a great start.

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You might also want to check out Becoming a Problem Solving Genius by Edward Zaccaro. We are working our way through this book that gives strategies for figuring out math problems. It's presented in a very fun/engaging way.

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He's actually going through the Zacarro book. I just need to sit down and pull a few resources and make him some sort of visual for when he gets stuck.

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Are you looking for understand/plan/solve/check or a list of specific strategies (use a simpler problem, draw a diagram, etc?) or the critical reading one (underline operation words, cross out irrelevant info, etc)?

I'm looking for a list of specific strategies.

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