The thing about a problem is that we don’t already know the solution!  The strategies below help you think about and interpret the problem.  The goal, of course, is finding the solution.  When you don’t know where to start, try one of the strategies below.  If the strategy you chose doesn’t help, try another, and so on until you are able to find the solution.

Draw a Picture

Find a Pattern

Use a Table

Guess and Check

Work Backwards

Act it Out

Solve a Simpler Problem

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