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					Title : Problem Solving and Reasoning Rubric—Elementary 




Description : A rubric in student language used by elementary students to self-assess their problem solving and reasoning skills.




Keywords : Analysis, strategies, uncertainty, open-ended, problems, reflection, processes, communication




Instructions : Use this rubric to assess your problem solving skills.
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Grade Level : 3-5




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                    Project Lemonade Assessment: Problem Solving
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Anticipating Problems      I think ahead about problems I     I usually think ahead about    With help, I can tell what    I have a hard time
                           might have. I think of ways to     problems I might have. I try   problems I might have. I      knowing what problems I
                           avoid problems.                    to think of ways to avoid      sometimes try to think of     might have. I do not think
                                                              problems.                      ways to avoid problems.       of ways to avoid problems.

Analyzing Problems         I take a lot of time to think      I think about a problem        If someone reminds me, I      I usually just start solving
                           about a problem before I try to    before I start solving it.     think about a problem         a problem without thinking
                           solve it. I use problem solving                                   before I solve it.            about it.
                           tools when I solve problems,
                           even outside of school.
Using Strategies           I know several strategies for I use some of the strategies IIf someone reminds me, I I do not use the strategies I
                           solving problems, such as     learned to solve problems.    use a strategy I learned to learned to solve problems.
                           making models and diagrams. I                               solve problems. I usually
                           can choose a good strategy.                                 try to solve problems using
                                                                                       trial and error. I usually
Finding Information        When I have a problem, I can    I can tell the difference   need help thinking of a
                                                                                       I sometimes get confused I often focus on
                           separate the important          between important and       about what information is unimportant information
                           information from the            unimportant information     important when I solve a    when I solve a problem. I
                           unimportant information. I know when I solve a problem. I   problem. If someone helps rarely know when I need
                           when I need more information to get more information when I me, I get more information to get more information.
Dealing with Uncertainty   solve working onand I have
                           I like a problem, problems      need it.
                                                           I can work on problems      when I need it.
                                                                                       With help, I can work on    I often get frustrated and
                           without simple answers.         without simple answers.     problems without simple     refuse to work on
                                                                                       answers, but I sometimes problems without simple
                                                                                       get frustrated and do not   answers.
                                                                                       want to continue.
Reflecting on Processes    I reflect on how I worked on a     I reflect on how I worked on   With guidance, I reflect on   I rarely reflect on my
                           problem, and I learn from my       a problem. I usually use       my problem solving            problem solving processes.
                           failures and my successes. I use   what I learn in future         processes. I sometimes        I often make the same
                           what I learn in future problems.   problems.                      make the same mistakes        kinds of mistakes over and
                                                                                             twice.                        over.
Communicating Solutions    I thoroughly describe my        I describe my solution to a       I try to describe my          I cannot describe my
                           solution to a problem and       problem and can explain           solution to a problem and     solution to the problem,
                           thoroughly explain how I solved how I solved it.                  partly explain how I solved   and I cannot explain what I
                           a problem.                                                        it.                           did when I tried to solve it.
     project
                                                Student Assessment: Problem Solving
   lemonade
                          4                                 3                                2                                 1

Anticipating Problems     I think ahead about problems I I usually think ahead about         With help, I can tell what        I have a hard time knowing
                          might have. I think of ways to problems I might have. I try to     problems I might have. I          what problems I might have. I
                          avoid problems.                think of ways to avoid              sometimes try to think of ways    do not think of ways to avoid
                                                         problems.                           to avoid problems.                problems.
Analyzing Problems        I take a lot of time to think     I think about a problem before I If someone reminds me, I think I usually just start solving a
                          about a problem before I try to   start solving it.                about a problem before I solve problem without thinking about
                          solve it. I use problem solving                                    it.                            it.
                          tools when I solve problems,
                          even outside of school.
Using Strategies          I know several strategies for     I use some of the strategies I If someone reminds me, I use a      I do not use the strategies I
                          solving problems, such as         learned to solve problems.     strategy I learned to solve         learned to solve problems.
                          making models and diagrams. I                                    problems. I usually try to solve
                          can choose a good strategy.                                      problems using trial and error. I
                                                                                           usually need help thinking of a
                                                                                           strategy.
Finding Information       When I have a problem, I can      I can tell the difference      I sometimes get confused about      I often focus on unimportant
                          separate the important            between important and          what information is important       information when I solve a
                          information from the              unimportant information when I when I solve a problem. If          problem. I rarely know when I
                          unimportant information. I        solve a problem. I get more    someone helps me, I get more        need to get more information.
                          know when I need more             information when I need it.    information when I need it.
                          information to solve a problem,
                          and I have several strategies to
                          find what I need. problems
                          I like working on                I can work on problems without With help, I can work on             I often get frustrated and refuse
Dealing with
Uncertainty               without simple answers.          simple answers.                problems without simple              to work on problems without
                                                                                          answers, but I sometimes get         simple answers.
                                                                                          frustrated and do not want to
Reflecting on Processes   I reflect on how I worked on a I reflect on how I worked on a continue.
                                                                                          With guidance, I reflect on my       I rarely reflect on my problem
                          problem, and I learn from my problem. I usually use what I      problem solving processes. I         solving processes. I often make
                          failures and my successes. I use learn in future problems.      sometimes make the same              the same kinds of mistakes over
                          what I learn in future problems.                                mistakes twice.                      and over.

Communicating             I thoroughly describe my          I describe my solution to a   I try to describe my solution to I cannot describe my solution
Solutions                 solution to a problem and         problem and can explain how I a problem and partly explain     to the problem, and I cannot
                          thoroughly explain how I          solved it.                    how I solved it.                 explain what I did when I tried
                          solved a problem.                                                                                to solve it.

				
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