Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Math Poster Contest: 4 Steps to Solving Problems

During our TEA Time, our students have been going over the four steps to solving word problems. To assist students in this process, we have gone over these steps:

1. Understand
2. Plan
3. Do/Act
4. Check

To make the process more meaningful, our TEA Timers outlined each step with illustrations to help them understand and remember them. Here are our top finalists for our classroom poster contest.

Finalist #1: Yumna 

Finalist #2: Adrienne 

Finalist #3: Cole 

Finalist #4: Taressa 

Alright friends, we need your help! We need you to vote for your favorites for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. Who had a thorough explanation? Who included details and examples in their illustrations and explanations? Who seemed to understand the 4 steps? Please leave your votes in a comment below and don't forget to mention what country or US state you are voting from. Our TEA Timers eagerly await your responses!  


  1. Hello REACH Rocketeers,

    This was a hard choice because all four finalists have provided a remarkable explanation of the process.

    1st: Finalist #1: Yumna
    2nd: Finalist #4: Taressa
    3rd: Finalist #3: Cole
    4th: Finalist #2: Adrienne

    With the oral explanations all sounding good, I turned to the detail and setting out of the graphics to help me decide. When unsure, I listened again to see how clearly the person could be heard.

    I hope this helps.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

  2. #1 Cole
    #2 Yumna
    #3 Taressa
    #4 Adrienne
    Rhonda Sumrall USA

  3. Thank you all for sharing your posters. While it was difficult to choose, here is my ranking:

    #1 Yumna - I picked Yumna's poster for 1st place because it is not only thorough and detailed, but I thought it best used the genre of poster to give information that was enhanced by picture details. The pictures were colorful, artful, and appealing. The text seemed to be planned, organized, and edited. Well done!
    #2 Cole
    #3 Taressa
    #4 Adrienne

    Joanne L. New York, USA

  4. These were fabulous! I cn tell you put a lot of thought into them! I hope you don't mind but I am going to use them to teach my math groups what they are supposed to do everytime they have a word problem! You guys are awesome!In my book you were all #1!!!

    #1 Yumna
    #3 Adrienne
    #4 Taressa

  5. I would have to say that in first place is Cole. I think he did a good job explaining about plan solve and check. I think he was clear to. in second place I would have to say Adrienne. I think he had a good description and he did a well job at explaining and bring clear. In third place I would say Teressa. I think that she did a good job explaining but I think she should be a little louder so I can here her. in last place is Yumma. I think this because I could not here her clearly and I think she should explain a little better but I liked her drawing.

  6. Well, if you want to know what I think, here it is:
    1. Cole
    2. Adrienne
    3. Tariessa
    4. Yumma
    If my dad were here with me at school, he would say that ALL of you are #1

    Mrs. Musone's Clas

  7. First, Cole because Cole gave the prison that was woching the video a good explanation of 4 steps the 4th step was the check over your work.2ed would be Yumna because she also gave us a good point. She made the 4 steps and did a problem using the 4 steps. 3rd would be Adrienne, because she told us how to use the 4 steps right. fourth and finel is Taressa, because all she did was tell us the 4 steps she didn't use the 4 steps in a problem.

    By: Joseph

  8. I think the winner had to be Cole. He gave plenty of details and told exactly what he thought it ment! So, if I would have to choose the winners, they would go like this.


    Vivienne M., Mrs. Musone's class. Pennsylvania, USA

  9. teachfine from Birmingham, Alabama

    What a great idea! I hope you don't mind that I share this with my colleagues. While they were a little hard to hear, I think they all did brilliantly. But, if I have to choose, this is what I think -

    1st place - Cole. He explained this thought process.
    2nd place - Yumna.
    3rd place - Adrienne.
    4th Taressa.

  10. And here are the final winners. Thanks to everyone who voted via our blog & Twitter!

    1st Place: Cole
    2nd Place: Yumna
    3rd Place: Adrienne
    4th Place: Taressa

    Great job, TEA Timers! You are all winners!

    Mrs. Deyamport