Saturday, September 17, 2011

Solve It 3rd - A Problem Solving Strategy - A Review

Product: Solve It 3rd - A Problem Solving Strategy

Price:  $24.95

Age Range:  3rd - 5th grade

Company:  AIMS Education Foundation

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Brief Intro: (from the website)
Solve It! 3rd: Problem-Solving Strategies develops students’ problem-solving abilities by identifying and reinforcing nine effective techniques through creative hands-on investigations. A pumpkin patch with a fence made from linked paper clips helps students learn how to solve problems by using manipulatives and the strategy of guess and check. Students will work in groups and use logical thinking as they decipher clues and crack a number code.

The engaging tasks not only build a foundation of problem-solving strategies, but also allow learners to apply and expand their number, measurement, geometry, data organization, and algebra skills.

View the first 24 pages of the workbook!

Our Thoughts:

Cute activities.  Simple to use.  Practical skills.  I enjoyed using this with my daughter.  And she enjoyed it too. 

An example of a cute activity is to find a word within a word, and then state what fraction of the original word was used.  Fun little matching game, that gives fraction practice. Like this:
Original Word:  Mitten
New Word:  It
Fraction:  2/6 or 1/3

Another example . . . If a snowman has 3 possible mouths and 3 possible rows of buttons, how many total possible combinations are there?  My daughter was able to cut out the mouths and button rows and actually place them on the snowman to compare and total possibilities.  Very cute.  Hands on and practical.

I enjoyed using this book as part of our homeschool curriculum.  My daughter enjoyed the activities.  I appreciated that the activities cause her to think things through in a new way, building her critical thinking skills along with her math skills.

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Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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