The Art of Problem Solving texts have been used by tens of thousands of outstanding students, including many winners of major national contests such as MATHCOUNTS and the American Mathematics Competitions.

Find here an annotated list of problem solving websites and books, and a list of math contests. There are many fine resources for word problems on the net! have personally checked & reviewed each website, to make sure it is truly useful.

Scales Problems

A video lesson that shows the solution to 14 different balance problems, starting from the most simple and advancing to some that have double scales.

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Instead of standing at the front of the room and teaching my kids how to do math---step by boring step—I pose a problem. The kids work together and use their own strategies to solve that problem. It allows students to make sense of math and to build upon what they already know.

(1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:

Laura Candler''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Math Problem Solving page is where you''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''ll find great resources for teaching problem solving as well as a variety of math problem activity pages. Be sure to watch the free webinar recording, Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter !

Many of the items on this page are free and do not come with directions. For complete problem solving lessons, check out the Daily Math Puzzlers , a series of four leveled books that include information on how to teach problem solving as well as mixed-problem activity pages for students.

In my ebook, Top 10 Secrets to Great Teaching , I wrote about the importance of making math more than computation. To help our children understand math concepts, they need more than worksheets and a list of facts to solve. They also need opportunities to solve problems.

That’s why I created this free problem solving activity. I used our red, blue, green, and yellow counting bears , but you could use any manipulative in those colors. Even scraps of colored construction paper would work! You can also use the printable paper bears in the free download at the end of this post.

Many math students in the U.S. are scared, if not horrified, of math word problems. In general, they are thought of as difficult.

Why would that be? It doesn''t totally make sense. I can''t imagine children not liking word problems just because they need find an answer to something (a problem), or because the problem is explained in words. Even most of us adults are fascinated by puzzles, for example.