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Friday, September 16, 2011

TOS Review: AIMS Solve It - 3rd


This time we had the opportunity to review AIMS Solve It for 3rd grade.  This is another one of those wonderful crew moments.  I have never heard of AIMS before nor have I ever used any of their products.  Sarah and I had a blast with these problem solving strategies. 

AIMS is an acronym for Activities Integrating Math and Science. Their company was founded on the belief that children need to be given hands on activities in order to develop better problem-solving abilities.  

With Solve It, that is just what you receive - a wonderful hands on experience.  These skills not only serve children well in math but in all areas of life.

Included in this book are teacher lessons and a CD where you can print off the pages included in the book.  

Solve It focuses on 9 problem solving strategies which include....

  • using manipulatives
  • writing number sentences
  • drawing out problems
  • guess and check
  • organizing information
  • looking for patterns
  • using logical thinking
  • working backwards
  • wishing for an easier problem

By using the activities included in this book students can become great problem solvers.  Not all strategies are easy and take some thinking but truly build confidence levels when they do figure it out.  At least that is what I found with Sarah.  She is in 3rd grade and these were perfect for her level.  She tends to really get upset if she ever gets an answer wrong.  She will begin to cry immediately.  It breaks my heart and I try to tell her that mistakes are a part of the learning process but she is so hard on herself!  I really found that using these simple strategies began to build a confidence level in her that she needed so much.

Solve It is available online to purchase for $24.95.  You may preview a 24 page sample here.  You will also want to see the other products that they have available including e-books.  A catalog is available upon request as well and you can find free activities for grades K-9 here.

Is this something we would purchase to add to our curriculum? Yes!  The confidence I see already in Sarah is worth every penny!

Don't forget to check out what my fellow crewmates thought of this AIMS product and others.

**Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for my review. The opinions here are my honest and true evaluation!

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