23 Strategies to Help Students Who Have Trouble Solving Math Problems Requiring Regrouping
Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble solving math problems requiring regrouping? If so, keep reading.
1. Select a peer to model how to successfully solve math problems that require regrouping for the learner.
2. Create a math reference sheet for the learner to keep at their desk (e.g., steps used in solving subtraction problems, addition problems, etc.).
3. Create a regrouping reference sheet for the learner to use at their desk when solving math problems that require regrouping.
4. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain if the learner has learned the skills needed for regrouping.
5. Give chances for the learner to apply regrouping in real-life situations (e.g., getting change in the cafeteria, figuring how much things cost when added together while shopping, etc.).
6. Get the learner to check their math assignments using a calculator to reinforce the learning of math facts.
7. Get the learner to independently solve half of their math problems each day. Let them use a calculator to solve the other half of the task as reinforcement.
8. Get the learner to perform timed drills to reinforce regrouping. The learner competes against their own best time and score.
9. Get the learner to play games using colored chips. Designate a value to each color to teach that a ten chip is equal to ten chips with a value of one.
10. Get the learner to practice the ideas of “borrowing” and “carrying” from graphic representations of sets.
11. Get the learner to practice the concept of regrouping by “borrowing” and “carrying” objects set up in columns like math problems.
12. Get the learner to raise their hand after finishing several problems so the teacher can check their work before continuing.
13. Get the learner to solve math problems by manipulating objects to practice regrouping.
14. Get the learner to solve money math problems using pennies and dimes to practice regrouping.
15. Get the learner to talk through math problems as they solve them to find errors they are making.
16. Get the learner to use Cuisenaire® rods when solving “borrowing” and “carrying” math problems.
17. Make sure that the language used to connect with the learner about regrouping is consistent (e.g., “borrow,” “carry,” etc.).
18. Give the learner a number line on their desk to use as a reference.
19. Make sure the learner has mastery of math ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.
20. Do not require the learner to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.
21. Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.
22. Try gamifying your math lessons.
23. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many math app lists:
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