Helpful Strategies

UNRAVEL and CUBES are two strategies every parent should know about!

UNRAVEL is a reading strategy designed to make students more aware of the text that they are reading.

It is broken up into three different colors here to show what is done before reading, during reading, and after reading.


Blue - before reading
Green - during reading
Red - after reading

Underline the title

Now make a prediction

Run through and number the


Always read the questions first and

  underline key words

Venture through and read the text

Eliminate crazy answers

Look back and prove your answer  

Cubes is a math strategy that will help your child focus on the important information and get to the heart of what the problem is really asking.


Circle the numbers
                                                                                                                                                        This is what a word problem should look
                                                                                                                                                        like after using Cubes.         
Underline the questionghfj

Box the math action  

Evaluate and Draw
  (What steps should I take?)

Solve/Check and Explain
  (Does my answer make sense?  How can I double




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