Teaching Problem and Solution with Picture Books
Teaching problem and solution gets a little easier with these picture books. Each book has problem and solution scenarios built into the plot, some more obvious than others.
Why Use Picture Books for Teaching Problem and Solution?
Understanding problem and solution helps your students develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Exploring picture books with problem and solution plots helps them see a problem being introduced, how the character(s) try to solve it and how they finally resolve the issue.
In picture books with problem and solution scenarios, your students will see characters who:
- use knowledge to solve problems independently
- predict outcomes
- think things through
- make good decisions
- try new ways to solve problems
- make mistakes and try again
- recognize breakthroughs
- use trial and error to find a solution
Discussion Questions For Teaching Problem and Solution
- Describe the different ways the characters were effective problem-solvers.
- How did [character] solve the problem? What strategies did they use?
- Why do you think [character] was an effective problem solver?
- Why did [character’s] idea work in the end? Did they think about how their decisions would affect the outcome and other characters?
- Did [character] make good decisions? Is there anything they could have done differently?
- Think of possible solutions for [character’s] problem.
- Did [character] work independently to solve the problem or did they work collaboratively? Was this the best strategy?
- Does a thinker have to be brave, a risk-taker….?
- Did their decision making surprise you? Why or why not?
- Was [character] creative in their thinking? Explain your answer.
- How did [character’s] way of thinking impact the outcome of the story?
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Picture Books for Teaching Problem and Solution
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner
Fossil by Bill Thomson
Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter
Journey by Aaron Becker
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
The Marvellous Moon Map by Teresa Heapy
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
Our Little Inventor by Sher Rill Ng
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Phileas's Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression by Agnes de Lestrade
Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Ralf by Jean Jullien
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkin
Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems
When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton
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After using these books with problem and solution scenarios trying watching some real-life problem-solvers in these videos.