Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thinking Blocks

Thinking Blocks is an app I have come across more than once, but didn't try it out until now.  This is a free app that is a great resource for word problems.  You can download the addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, fractions, and ratio/proportion.  You can also access these on the computer by going to the Math Playground website.

To begin, students select the model and number range they want to work with and select "Starting Modeling".  From there, the app walks the students through how to solve a word problem without giving away the answer. The students have to work, but they have guidance needed to build word problem confidence!

As a student who struggled with word problems, this is a great resource for students to build confidence and a better understanding of solving world problems.