This study examines the effect collaboration has on third grade students' ability to solve math problems. In the state of California, less than 13 percent of graduating third graders can think logically and express their thoughts in order to solve a math word problem (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP, 2017). Research sustains using project based learning (PBL) as a vehicle to support collaboration, to close the achievement gap (Hixson, Ravitz, & Whisman, 2012). It also recommends the use of decentralized group discussion, to aid comprehension, as it is an active and constructive process (Peterson, 2016). This study explores third grade student collaboration to solve a California Common Core aligned two-step math problem using Guided Language Acquisition Design (Be GLAD) strategies and a mathematical process method.