SOL Objective(s):
Although there are no objectives specifically geared to knowing about Polya or his 4Step ProblemSolving Method, knowing about Polya, his problemsolving method, and how to use it, will be very beneficial in many facets of math, learning, and with regard to solving any kind of problem. The thinking process is the same. :)
Vocabulary and Things to Know:his name
basic biographical information highlights discussed in class Father of ProblemSolving 
Be Able To:recall something you learned about Polya
compare/contrast yourself with Polya explain how Polya impacted the study and learning of math 
The topic: What is it and what will we learn?
George Polya was a regular person just like you. He played soccer, was a bit mischievous at times, fell in love, had a job, and had a great sense of humor. :)
George Polya: Biography 
How to Solve ItPolya wrote many articles and books. How to Solve It is one of his most famous and used in almost every mathematics textbook. The first link is a pdf of the entire book. The second link uses a concept map to show various parts of the book.

Four Step ProblemSolving MethodThese are examples of how the ProblemSolving Method looks in action.

Problem Solving with George PolyaThis is a PowerPoint presentation about problem solving. Feel free to look at various parts. It does not need to be viewed in its entirety. If you're not into classical piano, you may want to mute it, but there is a lot of information. Don't let it overwhelm you. Check it out and see what you think.


Mathematics for TeachersAlthough this is a sample of a book for teachers, there is some interesting information on problem solving and for those who are interested in math problems, there are a number to try in this book sample.

Magazine of Polya's April Fools Article
