Andrea uses B.U.I.L.D. as a strategy to support students to text mark word problems. Andrea's students box any directions, underline the question, identify important numbers, locate an operation clue, and double underline units. This strategy supports students to slow down and consider what is happening in the problem prior to solving it.
Often, I create do nows that have problems that connect to the task that students will be working on that day. Today students will have to decide which operation is needed to solve word problems. I am using “BUILD” as a system for students to text mark word problems. I have found that these steps help students to slow down and take in what is happening in a problem. I want students to use this time to read over BUILD and think about how it compares to text marking strategies they have used before.
Joyce reads a subtraction word problem to the class and her students (disguised with animal masks) act out the problem. The class then discusses the problem, its meaning, and how to solve it. Joyce continues this routine until all students have had a chance to act out a problem.