Unit Objectives
The student will learn several problem solving strategies through the use of 21st Century Skills. These skills will include:
  • collaboration and teamwork
  • group presentations
  • technology enhanced communications

Letter to student/parent - doc: What is Problem Solving.docx , pdf: What is Problem Solving.pdf
  • What is problem solving?
  • What is the role of the student?
  • What is the role of the teacher?

The Write Up: How the student/group will be evaluated: The Write Up.docx , pdf: The Write Up.pdf

Teacher's Resources
Introduction to the Teacher's Edition: TE-CrossingTheRiverWithDogs.pdf

Chapter 0: Introduction

Chapter 1: Draw a Diagram

Chapter 2: Systematic Lists

Chapter 3: Eliminate Possibilities
"Once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever is left, no matter how improbable, must be the solution." - Sherlock Holmes
Read Sherlock Holmes online .

Chapter 4: Matrix Logic
Go: Read "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. The board game "Clue" utilizes this topic.

Chapter 5: Look for a Pattern

Chapter 8: Unit Analysis

Chapter 9: Solve an Easier Related Problem

Chapter 10: Physical Representations

Text: Crossing the River with Dogs - Problem Solving Strategies. 1st Edition, 1994, Key Press