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.
You can read more about it here, here, here, here, and here.
Option 2: C.U.B.E.
A similar method to Option 1, this method gives 4 steps to solve a problem.
You can see more here, here, here, here, and here.
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.
You can read more about here, here, and here.
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.
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
Number Sentence Explanation