Teaching Kids Problem Solving with a Great Book!Hi Friends! I am back with another post about story elements read about character here and here! Watch my Facebook Live video about this topic here. I really wanted my students to understand that the problem and solution must fit together like a puzzle. The memory motions we used for problem and solution were very simple. We did a sad face and a thumbs down for problem and a big smile and a thumbs up for solution.
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Picture Books to Teach Problem and Solution
The concept of problem and solution through stories is often taught from Kindergarten to fourth grade. Many on this alphabetical list are award winners and are sure to help you teach the concept to young children. For the younger set, I always asked basic questions such as ,"What is the problem? I have tried to include the problems in the descriptions for you. A Chair for My Mother — this is a great book on teaching how problems are solved when people work together. A Friend for Growl Bear by Margot Austin — this is a delightful book about a bear who cannot express himself and is misunderstood when all he is trying to do is make a friend.
We also have lots of free, graphic organizers for fiction text structure here. This is a GREAT book for teaching text-to-self connections as well as the problem and solution text structure. Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey is a pun-filled book about a family pet, Hally Tosis, who has incredibly bad breath. The Tosis family tries to help Hally get rid of the bad breath to no avail. But dog breath may actually be a good thing, especially when two thieves visit the Tosis family!
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Use mentor text picture books to teach problem and solution text structure which improves reading and writing skills including making informed predictions. Show children what to expect in a problem-solution story as well as how authors structure a problem-solution story or essay., When I was teaching college students I was often surprised at how little they knew about the process of thinking. I was lucky to be at a college where the psychology major was designed around teaching critical thinking.
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