Option 1: The Fantastic Five

This method is simply strategies to try. There are 5 strategies you would teach and then students would pull from those to solve problems.

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Option 2: C.U.B.E.

A similar method to Option 1, this method gives 4 steps to solve a problem.

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Option 3: 4 Square

This method gives students a template to layout their thoughts and process by folding a paper into fourths or drawing 4 sections on it. This method contains two parts: the 4 steps to solve the problem and strategies within the steps.

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They decided on C.U.B.E. as a whole school method based on its simplicity and ease of use at all grade levels. They would like to incorporate the 4 square in the intermediate grades as well, while still referring back to C.U.B.E. There are lots of versions of CUBE and 4 Square, but this is what they liked the best.

**CUBE**

C – Circle the key numbers.

U – Underline the question.

B = Box the key words.

E – Eliminate extra information.

S – Solve

**For Four Square we like this:**

Key Words Diagram

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Number Sentence Explanation