Math - The Grass Strategy

Students often need support with solving word problems in math class. Use the GRASS method to help them solve their math questions completely and with detail from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Before I implemented this Math Problem Solving strategy in my classroom, I was getting incomplete answers. Now that my students have a structure to follow their answers are more detailed and focused. 


Students often need support with solving word problems in math class. Use the GRASS method to help them solve their math questions completely and with detail from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

GRASS is an acronym that stands for: Given, Required, Application, Solution, Statement.

Given - What information are you given in the word problem? I have students rewrite the information into their notebooks or GRASS sheet. Students who are accommodated or modified as per their I.E.P. can highlight the given information in one colour. 

Required - What information are you required to find out once you solve this problem?

Application - What strategy will you use to solve this problem? e.g. models, manipulatives, formulas, equations. 

Solution - Solve this problem using the chosen strategy 

Statement - Sum up your findings in a final statement. 

If you use this method or another method in your classroom I would love to hear from you in the comments section. Don't forget to try our FREE Math Test Prep Strategy Resource, which will make your students want to study for their tests.

4 comments

  1. Nice job on the GRASS thing. Wish my teachers had used tools like this instead of yelling.

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  2. Grass! What a great idea! Also, I'm on the vegan train too. Thank God for Pinterest!

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  3. your puppy looks a little like mine:)
    thanks so much for linking up... Your GRASS strategy looks neat :)

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  4. Thanks for all the comments! I love comments. I did not invent the GRASS strategy but am happy to use it.

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