5-Step Problem Solving Strategy

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## 5-Step Problem Solving Strategy

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**1. **5-Step Problem Solving Strategy Created By:Adrienne Byrd
Ty Roberts
Sharon Perdew

**2. **Math “Q-TIPS” Question(s)
Thought(s)
Important Information
Plan (Problem)
Solution (Sentence)

**3. **What is the Question I have to answer? Identify (underline/write) the question that is being asked in the problem.
Restate the question in your own words to make sure that you understand what is being asked.

**4. **What are the Thought’s? Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Draw a picture, make a chart/graph, etc.
Reread the entire problem and choose the best operation to help you solve the question. The operation is what you do with the numbers to get the answer.

**5. **What is the Important Information? The information is the numbers NEEDED to solve the problem.
When looking for numbers, be sure to eliminate any unnecessary information.

**6. **What is my Plan to solve this problem? The plan is where you write down the problem as you plan to solve it.
Your “game plan” or strategy for solving the question.

**7. **What is the solution to my plan? The solution is when you are able to give an answer to your plan, that also answers your original question.
Check back to make sure that you have answered what was being asked.

**8. **Highlights This plan is easier for younger problems solvers because it is very simple to remember and very forgiving.
The “Thought” portion allows for more than just the 4 main operations.
Four out of Five of the steps are done without ever solving a math problem, for students who have computational difficulty.
The plan encourages students to read, and reread the problem to check for information, look back to make sure you answered the question,etc.