Text Structures ~ Teaching Problems and Solutions

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 realized  that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for teaching problems and solutions, 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

Story Elements Match UpMary 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

Picture Books with 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

Problem and Solution Classroom Display

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

Problem and SolutionsCassie 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

Text Structures Anchor Chart

Problem and Solution Anchor Chart

Grab these two free printable organizers here.

Free Printable Graphic OrganizerFree Printable Graphic Organizer


If you like this post, you may wish to check out these other posts and webpages on text structures:

Compare and Contrast

OrderingAnchor Chart

Problems and Solutions

Cause and Effect

Text Structures

chevronribbonblueDo you need additional teaching resources? Check out Problems and Solutions at Teachers Pay Teachers. This unit is centered around nonfiction texts and uses the theme winter. It contains the following:

  • Mini Posters with Rules and Definitions
  • Foldable Graphic Organizers ~ The organizers make a cute lap book or may be added to an interactive notebook.
  • Task Cards using Scientific Text with Student Response Sheets
  • Three Activities
    • Pictures to use for Discussion and/or Writing Prompts
    • Snowflake Bentley Book Unit
    • Writing Prompts, Decorative Paper, & Organizers to Aid in Writing

Problems and Solutions from the Nonfiction Text Structures Series contains a variety of fun and engaging activities to aid in teaching text structures.

Gay Miller


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