Monday, March 19, 2012

Problem Solving In Kindergarten

We are always working on problem solving in school.  We have been talking about problems and solutions at Open Circle time. As a follow up to our class discussions we worked with a friend to fill in the sheet below.   I had the kids work with a partner and create a problem,  record how they felt and the solution. I have a few examples below.


some of our problem responses




Problem Solving Sheets for Students 
I love using problem solving sheets. Some years the kids use them all the time while other years not so much. I just created the pictures for a kindergarten version. At large group time we created a pretend problem and filled in the sheet together. I find this tool helpful for kids who always want to tell me everything that happens at recess. I often stop them and say fill in a sheet and then we can talk. 

When I taught first grade the students had no problem filling in this sheet

 Click here to Download the Problem Solving Sheets 


These two books are great to start conversations about problems with friends.

I used this book all the time I have blogged about it before!

6 comments:

Erica said...

These are wonderful! My kiddos need as much help as they can get with problem solving. :)
Erica

Sprinkles to Kindergarten

venus said...

So very creative and useful. Thank you for sharing something that K's can do.

g-girl said...

i love these problem solving sheets. Thank you for sharing the link for Open Circle. I'm going to try to mention it to our asst. administrator!

Mrs. Clancy said...

I am always surprised at how effective the sheet can be for some kids. I am glad you can use them! Open Circle is a great program it is a requirement of new staff in my school system.It is similar to the Responsive Classroom. Have a great day everyone! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Melissa

Jennie said...

Great sheet,thanks for sharing. Can you explain Bug and a wish from the classroom solutions part of the worksheet?

Mrs. Clancy said...

Hi Jennie, You teach the child to say...It bugs me when you have to always be the mom when we play house I wish I could get a turn to be the mom. I meant to put that explanation on my post but I forgot! Melissa

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