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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.

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.

**Free Webinar Replay - Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Mattter**

** ** Register Here for the Free Replay (Ends September 7th)

Do your students hate problem solving? Unfortunately, most kids dread math word problems, and this mindset causes them to give up on problems they might be able to solve with a little persistence. In this webinar, I dove into the most recent research and best practices for helping kids develop a mathematical mindset. When you implement these strategies, you'll be amazed at how quickly your students flip their thinking and start to love the challenge of solving a tough problem! To see what you can expect from this webinar, download the free webinar note-taking pages. Click over to the Math Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter registration page and sign up for the replay now!

Each of the pages below is a free sample from one of the Daily Math Puzzler ebooks.

- Cooperative Math Problem Solving
- Differentiating with Daily Math Puzzlers
- Music-Mix-Math
- 6 Reasons to Teach Calculators Skills
- How to Recharge Mathematical Thinking
- Common Core Math Problem Solving

**Free Problem Solving Assessment ebook**

Use the simple pretests in this ebook to learn how skilled your students are at solving problems and where to start them in the Daily Math Puzzler program. Even if you don't use the Daily Math Puzzler program, you'll gain valuable insights as to HOW your students attack word problems and solve them. Click the link or cover image to sign up for this free set of leveled problem solving assessments. After you submit your requests, go to you inbox and look for the email with the freebie. You'll see links to the American version shown here and the International version.

Math Mindset Challenges: Editable Multi-step Word Problems

**Recharge & Write** is a terrific cooperative learning strategy that gets kids talking about math problems but holds them accountable for understanding how to solve each problem. I recorded a short video to explain how it works, and I provided even more detail my blog post, How to Recharge Mathematical Thinking.

If you're looking for the Weekly Math Challenge printables shown below, they're free for my newsletter subscribers. To find them, sign up for Candler's Classroom Connections and follow the links to the Best Freebies page. You can find many more problems like this in the Math Mindset Challenges collection!

The Common Core State Standards include eight mathematical practices that should be included as a regular part of math instruction. I created the chart shown on the right that you can use as you plan instruction to ensure that you are meeting these standards throughout the week.

**What to do the standards mean?**

The NC Department of Public instruction has created a set of documents for grade level called "Unpacking the Standards." These documents are a goldmine of information and strategies for teachers! One extremely helpful part of each document is the chart of Mathematical Practices that specifies how those standards look at that particular grade level. The Standards for Mathematical Practice can be found near the beginning of each document below:

- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Kindergarten
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - First Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Second Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Third Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Fourth Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Fifth Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Sixth Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Seventh Grade
- Unpacking the Math Common Core - Eighth Grade

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