Before I implemented the GRASS 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.
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.