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## Visual Models for Problem Solving in 1st Grade

As students enter 1st grade, they continue to work on math comprehension using early structures, like the Kindergarten journal we introduced last week, but now we begin to add visual models to the mix! Let’s recap a child’s developmental journey through problem...

## Solving Word Problems in Kindergarten

From real objects in the physical world, to quantitative pictures, to story mats and acting out problems, each step in the developmental journey takes our littles closer to confidence in the word problem solving process. Each step is important so that we help them...

## Math in the Real World with Littles: Word Problem Story Mats

Itsall about getting kids to express their knowledge of mathematics concretely, pictorially, and abstractly – and these story mats will help!

## Math in the Real World with Littles: Quantitative Pictures

Pictures with things to count! Use quantitative pictures to help students examine math in real life and think more deeply about numbers.

## Math in the Real World with Littles: Creating a Math Friendly Home

Mathematical Practice 2 states that children should be able to “Reason abstractly and quantitatively.” What does that even mean?? This is one of the math practices that really stumps many of the teachers I work with, and rightly so! The practice itself is a little...

## Working with Fractions: Subtracting Fractions

Last, but not least, we’re closing out our Working with Fractions series with subtracting fractions with Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) means.  When it comes to subtracting fractions, this operation is very similar to adding fractions in how students...

## Working with Fractions: Adding Fractions

Finding the least common denominator? Find out why that’s more work and see how understanding equivalent fractions make adding fractions easier!

## Working with Fractions: Dividing Fractions

For most of us dividing fraction is one of those things where we got the right answer in math, but we don’t really remember why. Most of us memorized a procedure with a concept we don't understand: “don’t ask why, just invert and multiply.” Maybe it’s time to ask...

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#### Ever wish you had a common language for problem solving?

The residents of Mathville help 1-5 grade students build a solid foundation of problem solving strategies.