Do your students know how to use drawings and models to solve problems? Models can help kids understand and remember math concepts. That's why models are the emphasis of Math Practice #4 in the Common Core standards.
Are You Taking Time to Emphasize Models?
I'm a private math tutor and students sometimes bring their homework from school. Here are comments that I've heard from students regarding questions that require drawings.
- The teacher lets us skip those questions. Drawings take too much time.
- I already know how to answer this question without making a drawing.
An EASY Way to Provide Practice with Models
Have you heard of Multi-Match math games? During fun card games, students must repeatedly match numbers, models, and/or expressions that represent the same value. Groups of kids can work together to review models as they improve their calculation skills. Hundreds of printable card sets for K-8 math are available at online teacher marketplaces.
Sample Math Cards for Fractions (Grades 4 & 5)
Try FREE Online Games with Models
The following tiles show concentration games that are free on this site. Visit the E-Games page.
Playing an online game with students is also a great way to introduce the printable card sets.
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