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# Problem Solving Posts

## Visual Models: Demystifying Additive and Multiplicative Comparison Problems

Your students are all part-whole problem pros??  Must be time to enter the world of comparison problems using visual models! Some teachers are confused by additive and multiplicative comparison problems, thinking of them as just part-whole multi-step problems....

## Going Deeper with Visual Models: Part-Whole Multiplication/Division

Have you tried visual models yet? Ready for more? Let’s bring in the rest of the Part-Whole family of word problems in today’s blog! Watch this first! Prerequisite: If you haven’t watched our Visual Model Basics video yet, stop - right now! - and go watch it! It will...

## Visual Models: Your Secret Weapon for Word Problem Comprehension

Tape diagrams, model drawings, visual models, bar, model, unit bar - different names for the same thing: strategies to help with the comprehension of word problems for students.  Sometimes in math, each book or teacher takes a name for a really great idea and...

## 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...

## 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...