WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
A Story Teaching Problem Solving
By Bryan Smith. Illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin. Blake wants to sell his brother to another family. Savannah wants to fight Mary over an insult. Braden wants to sneak out of class to play kickball. Fortunately, Blake and Braden’s father steps in with some good advice coupled with a tried-and-true problem-solving strategy known as SODAS (Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages, and Solution). The tale helps students figure out how to be self-managers and flexible thinkers capable of solving problems from the silly to the serious. Includes helpful tips for parents and educators on guiding children to become problem-solving pros. Grades 1–4. Boys Town Press. 31 pages. ©2019.