Work with your child to help him/her successfully complete phase one of the problem solving process. Be sure that your child reads the problem a few times before attempting to solve it. In phase one, read and understand, sixth graders should be sure to identify and determine each of the following:
What exactly is being asked?
Children should underline the sentence or command in the problem and write a problem goal in their own words.
What do I know from the problem?
Children should highlight important, relevant facts that will help them to meet his/her goal from question one.
What do I know from personal knowledge?
When necessary, children will apply personal knowledge to add important facts to a problem.