Helping Solve the Problem of Problem Solving

Students always have problems with communicating their thoughts, their steps in solving a mathematical problem and their findings.  I have found that using the G.R.A.S.S. method ensures students communicate all they are thinking.  This acronym helps them streamline their thoughts and organizes their plan of attack into smaller sub- sections.   When reading through their solution we, as educators, can quickly see their processes and their thoughts.

We have utilized this method in preparing students for EQAO (Ontario’s version of Standardized Testing). 


Here is a brief description of what the acronym G.R.A.S.S. stands for…

Given           Required            Analysis           Solution            Statement 

We have created a complete package for you!  Click on the picture and you will find a a complete description for the use of this method, a poster set for your classroom (anchor charts), a student response sheet (reproducible), and a sample problem with a response utilizing this method. 

We hope that this will be helpful for you and your students.

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