Explain Problem Solving Strategies
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.

Hands Up, Stand Up, Pair Up

Michelle uses the strategy hands up, stand up, pair up in order to provide her students with an opportunity to discuss their math explanations. Michelle's students put their hand up, stand up, and then pair up before starting this discussion. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Explain Problem Solving Strategies
Michelle Schade
Indian Trail Middle
Plainfield, IL
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you use this strategy to help students practice the communication of their problem solving steps and strategies?
  • How could you modify this strategy for your students?
Lesson Notes

The students are going to complete the following problem:

In this week’s ad, Tony’s Finer foods advertises bananas on sale for 5lbs for $4.45.  Jewel has them on sale for $.95/pound.  Which store has the better deal?

This problem will reactivate prior knowledge.  The students will be required to use a model to support their answer (SMP 4).  If students finish early, they can explain their solution in words.

This can also be used as a formative assessment. 

 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Explain Problem Solving Strategies
Michelle Schade
Indian Trail Middle
Plainfield, IL
Artifacts
Students In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Trust and Respect
In this video, Michelle's students engage in the hands up, stand up, pair up strategy. Students discuss their math explanations with their partner during this activity.