## Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2nd Grade

**Mathematically proficient students in 2nd grade:**

In second grade, students realize that doing mathematics involves solving problems and discussing how they solved them.

· Examine problems and tasks

· Can make sense of the meaning of the task

· Find an entry point or a way to start the task

· Develop a foundation for problem solving strategies and become independently proficient on using those strategies to solve new tasks.

· Use concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations as well as mental mathematics.

Second Grade students also are expected to persevere while solving tasks; that is, if students reach a point in which they are stuck, they can reexamine the task in a different way and continue to solve the task.

Lastly, mathematically proficient students complete a task by asking themselves the question, “Does my answer make sense?”

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