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The answer is… Problem Solving Center

The answer is… Problem solving center for math word work problems.

problem solving center

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

As teachers, we know there is always a need for a new problem solving center in the classroom. This one is open ended and free!

This center is designed to get your students thinking.

You will find that it can easily be adapted to fit a range of grade levels and skills.

problem solving center

Creating Your Problem Solving Center

Set up this center by printing the colorful cards and direction page on card stock. Laminate the pages for durability.

Provide students with the available recording pages. Copy the pages that will fit your students best.

Using this Center

These cards are designed to help you put together a problem solving center for your students.  

Each card contains an answer to a word problem. You will find two types of number cards:

  • One set has a number and label (such as 18 pencils).  
  • The other set has a number between 1 and 1,000.  

Students will choose an answer card. You might even require students to choose two or three cards.

Each student will then write word problem that the card shows the answer to.

Students must think outside of the box to write their own word problem that will find the answer.

The great thing about this center is that it is perfect for so many different math skills – just give your students guidelines and see how creative they can get!

We have created a variety of recording pages so you can choose the page that fits your classroom goals or allow students to choose their own recording page.

You can download this free problem solving center here:

Problem Solving Collection

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As with all of our resources, The Curriculum Corner creates these for free classroom use. Our products may not be sold. You may print and copy for your personal classroom use. These are also great for home school families!

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Saturday 14th of May 2016

i would love a copy! Great idea

Jill & Cathy

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Hi Theresa! You can get your free downloads by simply clicking on the highlighted and underlined text in any of our posts! :)