Today while solving a story problem we discussed different ways to solve a problem. We found that for this problem we used 4 strategies.
Draw an Array
Draw an illustration of the problem
Find partial answers and combine
Adding Partial Parts Multiplying Partial Parts
The children then realized that each strategy would be beneficial at different times. Time efficient, without paper (mental math), or to show the process to others. We will continue to discuss strategies and when they are most effective.