Here's an editable problem-solving template that focuses on the strategies Draw a Picture, Find a Pattern, Choose an Operation, and Make a Table. There is room for students to show their work as wel (Step Class Word Problems)
Math - The Grass Strategy - use this problem solving framework to get students to think more deeply about their math problem. This also provides a step by step systematic approach for students to use when faced with a word problem.
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