Schema-Based Instruction: Understanding the Structure of Word Problems

Schema-based instruction teaches students to focus on the underlying structure of word problems to determine the best procedure for solving the problem. Students learn common characteristics of different types of word problems focusing on the structure of the problem. Once students identify the underlying structure of the word problem, they apply the strategies learned in class for solving the problem.

Field Guide Alignment: Mathematics and Mathematics Interventions, Principle 6, Practices 1-2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Learn about the strategy

Practice guide
Developed by Institute of Education Sciences

Professional development tool 
Developed by Doing What Works

 Online PD module
Developed by Doing What Works

VIDEOS

See the strategy in action

Expert guidance
Developed by Doing What Works

Teacher demonstration
Developed by MSMI

Teacher demonstration
Developed by MSMI

Teacher demonstration
Developed by MSMI

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Use the strategy

Article
(Pgs 39-40 provide examples of problem structures
for solving proportion problems)

Developed by JREE, Harvard University

Article
(Pages 7 and 9 provide problem structures for addition and subtraction.

Page 23 provides multiplication and division problem structures)
Developed by Common Core State Standards

PDF
Reference/cue card for teachers and students
Developed by MSMI


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