**Before ****Answering a Problem**

**–****What information in the problem is NOT important in finding a solution?****-What is the question in this problem?****-How can I represent this problem using real-life applications?****-How can I represent this problem using manipulatives?****-How can I be certain there is enough information to solve this problem?****-What is the first step I should take in solving this problem?****-How can I evaluate this problem to determine what information is important in solving it?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by creating a picture or diagram? Why or why not?****-What rules or algorithms can I apply to this problem?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by writing an equation? Why or why not?****-Using my knowledge of mathematics, how can I estimate a solution to this problem?****-Which strategy makes the most sense in solving this problem: drawing a picture, guessing and checking, finding a pattern, or writing an equation?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by guessing and checking? Why or why not?****-What is essential information can I identify in this problem?****-What patterns exist in this problem that might help me in solving it?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by finding a pattern? Why or why not?**

**After**** Answering a Problem**

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**How****can I describe my solution to this problem in three steps?** **-How is this problem like and unlike other problems I have solved?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to predict a set of incorrect solutions to this problem?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to check my procedures for solving this problem?****-How can I solve this problem another way?****-Can I prove that this problem cannot be solved using the information given? How?****-What are likely errors people might make in solving this problem?****-How can I be certain that my answer makes sense?****-How can I describe my solution to this problem in five steps?****-What math concepts can I apply to this problem?****-How can I clearly explain my solution to a friend?****-Do I require additional information to solve this problem? What information?****-How can I create a problem like this one that is more difficult to solve?****-How can I create a problem like this one that is easier to solve?****-How can I represent this problem using real-life applications?****-What number relationships are important in this problem?****-How can I clearly explain my solution using math symbols?****-How can I check to be certain my answer is correct?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to check the accuracy of my computations?****-Using my knowledge of number sense, how can I check to see if my solution is reasonable?****-What similar problem can I create?****-How can I clearly explain my solution in writing?****-How can I represent this problem using manipulatives?****-What rule or procedure can I suggest after solving this problem?****-How can I be certain that my answer is correct?****-What math vocabulary can I apply to this problem?**