My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I thought that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for this skill, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found.
Here are the results:
Activity #1 ~ Story Elements Match Up
Mary from Teaching with a Mountain View has this free item called Story Elements Match Up on Teachers Pay Teachers. Students match characters to setting to problems and solutions. It looks like a lot of fun for 2nd through 4th graders.
Activity #2 ~ Books that Have a Clear Problem and Solution
The Teaching Mama has written short book summaries for “Books with a Clear Problem and Solution” in her blog post.
Activity #3 ~ Posters for Your Classroom
Scholastic has a set of printable posters for your classroom in a post titled “My March Top Ten List: Nonfiction Reading Resources.” These free printables include a set of 23 text features and 5 text structures. These would make a super quick and informative bulletin board display.
Activity #4 ~ Problem and Solution
Cassie from Create-Abilities has this free resource “Problem & Solution” on Teachers Pay Teachers. It includes 24 pages of posters, graphic organizers, and picture prompts. This looks like a fantastic addition to your 2nd – 5th grade classrooms.
Activity #5 ~ Resources found at Book Units Teacher
Grab these two free printable organizers here.