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Math Word Problem Graphic Organizer

A screenshot of the graphic organizer, as described in the paragraphs below.

I created this graphic organizer based on information that I read in this book. I find the book really helpful, and you can read my review of it here:

A photo of the cover of the book, "Teaching Elementary Mathematics to Struggling Learners"

In the book, students are encouraged to monitor and reflect on their comprehension and problem-solving approaches when working on word problems. The book suggests giving students prompts for this, such as:

  • “What is being asked?”

  • “What is necessary to solve this problem?” and

  • “Is my answer reasonable?”

The book also highly recommends the CRA approach (which is a simple teaching process that can be used for almost any skill). Part of this process is to draw a picture representation of math problems, so I have also included spaces for this. You can read more about the CRA approach here:

I've also made a video about the CRA approach:

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