I started using the RICE acronym as a quick way to remember important problem solving steps. Students will review division problem solving and computation today using this acronym. On a recent practice test, it was clear that students weren't taking these steps seriously and today I'll remind them of that and tell them that this acronym will lead their good math problem solving work.
In the weeks ahead, we'll solve a lot of math problems using RICE. I'll weave lots of math facts and information related to measurement, geometry, and other areas related to fifth grade learning/teaching goals into these problems.