**ERIC Number:**ED250214

**Record Type:**RIE

**Publication Date:**1983

**Pages:**302

**Abstractor:**N/A

**Reference Count:**0

**ISBN:**ISBN-0-86651-187-3

**ISSN:**N/A

Alternative Problem Solving in Mathematics, Grade 4-6. Lane County Mathematics Project. With Teacher's Commentary and Answers.

Brannan, Richard; And Others

Problem Solving in Mathematics (PSM), a program of problem-solving lessons for grades 4-9, is designed to be integrated into the regular mathematics curriculum. Although the content objectives of the lessons are similar to those of most textbooks, PSM emphasizes problem-solving skills and a variety of instructional strategies which foster the development of such skills. These strategies include direct instruction, guided discovery, laboratory work, small-group discussions, nondirective instruction, and individual work. This PSM book contains alternative activities for low-achieving students in grades 4-6. They are presented in six sections: (1) drill and practice (with whole numbers); (2) story problems; (3) tangrams; (4) patterns; (5) geometry; and (6) challenge problems (34 problems in which students select the problem-solving method to use). Many of the Activities are similar to activities found in the regular PSM books except that the mathematics computation and length of time needed for completion are scaled down. No grade level suggestions are offered since field tests indicated the activities are appropriate for all three grades. Each activity includes mathematics teaching objectives, problem-solving skills students might use, materials needed, comments and suggestions, and answers. (JN)

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Geometry, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Low Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Patterns in Mathematics, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Whole Numbers

Dale Seymour Publications, P.O. Box 10888, Palo Alto, CA 94303 ($4.95, $120.00 for entire set; audio-cassette tapes no charge, on 2-week loan).

**Publication Type:**Guides - Classroom - Teacher

**Education Level:**N/A

**Audience:**Teachers; Practitioners

**Language:**English

**Sponsor:**Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Policy and Program Development.

**Authoring Institution:**Lane County Education Service District, Eygene, OR.

**Identifiers:**Place Value (Mathematics); Problem Solving in Mathematics Project; Tangrams; Word Problems (Mathematics)

**Note:**For related documents, see SE 045 241-248. In-service audio cassette tapes, which provide indepth guidance on using the PSM grade-level books, are available for loan upon request.