Tasks Of Problem Solving: Elementary

Tasks Of Problem Solving: Elementary 

· Ages: 6-11
· Grades: 1-6

 A strong language system is essential to develop strong thinking skills. Now your students with language impairments will gain language/thinking skills that will allow them to succeed in their classrooms, communities, and homes.  

· Answer wh- questions appropriately
· Recognise and restate the problem
· Determine the cause of a problem
· Sequence increasingly abstract content material
· Understand and answer negative questions appropriately
· Make inferences and logical predictions about a situation
· Solve problems effectively 


· Designed for students with impairments in language and problem-solving skills
· Builds skills in expressive language semantics vocabulary
· Boosts skills in critical thinking and problem solving as students learn to think and express their ideas and reason in these tasks:  

General information : students answer various wh- and how questions, a fundamental skill that leads to higher-level problem solving

Identifying problems : students practice differentiating problems from non-problem situations and restating the problems in their own words

Justifying opinions : students practice both forming personal opinions and explaining the rationale for their opinions

Generalization skills : students bring the individual skills together to answer a variety of questions about a single issue or situation  

· Tasks are arranged in a general order of complexity and address the subskills necessary to take your students to higher-level problem solving

· Tasks incorporate test-taking strategies, comprehension activities, and classroom decision-making skills

· Improves metacognitive skills by teaching students the vocabulary and language to describe how they are thinking

· Allows you to vary the way your students respond (oral vs. written) to match their skill levels

· Grade levels are not attached to any section or task because all students need to master the target skills at their own pace  


· Tasks address these specific skill areas:

General Information : teaches students how to listen/identify the salient information in a statement to answer a question

Identifying Problems : instructs students to become excellent observers of their surroundings and to identify/express what is or is not a problem

Determining Causes : helps students think through a situation and figure out how or why something happened

Sequencing : gives students the skills to organize objects and ideas quickly and logically

Negative Questions : teaches students to notice and consider the negative marker in questions, which is a more difficult question answering task

Predicting : teaches students to make a logical guess about what will happen next in predictable and diverse situations

Making Inferences : helps students learn to think about everything they know from their past experiences and personal knowledge to formulate an inference

Problem Solving : takes students through nine logical steps to solve problems:

understand the problem
sequence the problem
determine the cause of the problem
make inferences based on what you know
brainstorm solutions
predict the best outcome
choose the best solution
plan the solution
evaluate the outcome

Justifying Opinions : teaches your students to express their opinions and explain or justify them to others  


· Generalising skills section that presents 30 photographs of situations and asks a variety of thinking questions
· Glossary of metacognitive terms
· Answer key 
Students who can express their ideas clearly and think logically in problem situations will do better in life. That’s the goal of the activities in Tasks Of Problem Solving: Elementary. The hierarchy of tasks works students through exercises to improve expressive language, critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. You’ll see the results as students generalise their improved thinking and problem solving abilities to other classroom tasks.

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Components: 190 Pages, Reproducible Activities, 30 Photographs, Answer Key, Glossary 

01171...Tasks of Problem Solving: Elementary Book
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