Problem-solving Resources

Problem-Solving Process:

Teaching through problem-solving engages the learners by means of questions, problems, tasks, and reflective thinking. These promote intellectual conversations which lead to hearing varied perspectives for resolving a situation or investigating an idea.

Problem-Solving Process:

The acronym, C.R.O.S.S.ROADS aids in remembering the five steps:

  • C. - Choice - What is the choice I’m making?
  • R. - Reality - What is happening now? (FACTS)
  • O. - Options - What are some choice options I might try?
  • S. - Select one or more options and create a plan. What personal effort is needed to make my plan happen?
  • S. - Start over - Evaluate results of choice and use process to revise as needed.

Problem-solving C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Decision-making Worksheet


C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ Planning Sheet.

For Goal Setting see: Complete set of Goal Setting Process Explanation, Forms and Examples for all grade levels

Educator Resources

Socratic Questioning Resources 

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Resources


What Next? “ By Christy Sheffield

This is a children's book with full-page color illustrations. The story takes readers to a different time and place and introduces them to an enjoyable set of high school classmates who are persistent in handling the challenges that come their way. Their problem-solving tactics include identifying the specific details of their problem, making use of the resources at hand, keeping the unexpected from derailing their efforts, using teamwork, preparing in advance for unexpected difficulties, and asking “What next?” when they encounter difficulties.

Everyone faces circumstances that can be characterized as problems, but not everyone consistently arrives at effective and satisfying solutions to difficult life situations. Children need to understand that it is within their capability to develop the appropriate steps to take in order to arrive at satisfactory outcomes when they encounter problems. Problem-solving skills will serve them well as students and will eventually make them valuable employees and competent members of society.

“What Do You Do With A Problem?” - by Kobi Yamada This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

What Do You Do With a Problem? is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It's a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it's here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem... and yourself.

What do you do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.

Ricky the Rock That Couldn’t Roll by Jay Meletsky - Ages 3-11

This is the first of a series of books featuring the "You Rock Group" that kids are sure to cherish as they grow, and learn from through empowering, motivating and fun-to-read stories.

"Ricky the Rock that Couldn't Roll" - KIds Read Aloud video 8:43 min.

Ricky the Rock That Couldn't Roll - Free Downloadable Lesson Plan

The Hole-Story by Paul Bright - PK - 3

When Hamish and Hermione Hole are chased out of the cheese where they live, they search the palace for a new place to call home. But the Holes cause havoc wherever they go—no one wants holes in their underwear, bike tire, or boat! Exhausted, the pair rest in a piece of wood, only to be discovered by the palace carpenter, who knows that holes can be really useful—especially when you are making beautiful musical instruments.

"Wilma Jean, the Worry Machine" by Julia Cook (Grades 2-5)

Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages! Softcover, 32 pages.

Wilma Jean, the Worry Machine" Activity and Idea Book

"Wilma Jean, the Worry Machine" - 11:41 min. Read Aloud Video

Wilma Jean and the Worry Machine” by Julia Cook Multiple activities for use with the book about worrying



Problem-solving Videos:

11 Detective Riddles for a Keen Eye - 12:21 min. - 11 mystery riddles are presented with one minute to solve. Present riddle and pause, giving time for observations and possible solutions, before showing the answer.