Problem Solving


Skills: problem and solution


Author's EyeLabel each of a few hand cutouts with a different everyday problem such as “I forgot my lunch,” “I can’t find my eraser,” and “My desk wobbles.” Then, for each hand cutout, cut a simple tool shape from construction paper. Tape one hand cutout to the board and read aloud the problem described. Invite students to brainstorm possible ways to fix the problem, reminding them that there’s usually more than one solution for every problem. Then, with your students’ input, select one solution to write on a tool shape. Tape the shape near the hand cutout. Repeat the procedure for each remaining problem. Keep the cutouts on display as a reminder of problem and solution.

Take a similar approach when identifying the story elements of problem and solution. Instruct each child to trace the outline of his hand on a sheet of blank paper, label it “Problem,” and describe inside the outline a problem the main character faces. Then have him draw the outline of a tool, label it “Solution,” and describe inside the outline how the problem is solved. Very clever!


Reposted from:  The Mailbox Literature Activities


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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