Cognitive Strategy Instruction for Teaching Word Problems to Primary-Level Struggling Students


Students with mathematics difficulties and learning disabilities typically struggle with solving word problems. These students often lack knowledge about efficient, cognitive strategies to use when solving word problems. Cognitive strategy instruction has been shown to be effective in teaching struggling students how to solve word problems that employ specific word problem types. Math Scene Investigator is an example of a cognitive strategy for word problem solving. This strategy is suitable for primary-level students with mathematics difficulties and learning disabilities. Instructional steps are provided along with an example of an interactive lesson.


Pfannenstiel, K. H., Bryant, D. P., Bryant, B. R., & Porterfield, J. (2015). Cognitive strategy instruction for teaching word problems to primary-level struggling students. Intervention in School and Clinic50(5), 291–296.