Help Your Students Solve Word Problems

Many of our students struggle to solve word problems, and we don't always understand why.  

There are usually a few contributing factors. Students need to understand the underlying math concepts, have a strategy for approaching problems, and have a process to apply that strategy.  

One of our Hands-On Math workshops can help educators build their expertise in addressing all three issues. But a graphic organizer can be a quick and easy solution to help students develop a process for problem-solving. 

This organizer is built off of Polya's 4-Step problem solving process. Polya was a Hungarian mathematician who discovered that any mathematical problem could be solved in 4-steps: Understand, Plan, Solve, and Reflect.  

This graphic organizer will help your students organize their thinking and apply Polya's process when working with challenging multi-step word problems.

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This guide aligns with Bridge 3 of our 3-Bridges Design for Learning.

Personalized learning has direct benefits for students but also supports growth within the other two bridges.

Bridge 1: 

Content Coverage

A unique approch to traditional schooling using high-impact instructional strategies that allow the teacher to be more efficient 


Bridge 2: 

Personalized Learning

Students progress toward grade-level standards at their own pace. Teachers reduce grading time and shift into the role of "guide by the side."


Bridge 3: 

Inquiry-Based Learning

By learning through exploration, each student gains something unique. IBL supports content mastery, problem solving, and social-emotional learning.