I was wondering what I was going to post about for this week. But then, during a rather
boring riveting professional development session this morning at school, I was introduced to this little beauty.
Thinking blocks uses manipulatives to model how to solve word problems for all operations
It gives you lots of choices about the type of question and the size of the number, making it adaptable for K-2 and primary students. The following are screen shots from an example addition question I ran through.
Place the labels and 'blocks' in the correct place
Add the numbers to the correct label - this enables you to find the missing number (or part of the word problem you need to solve)
Use the calculator to help you solve and input the answer
I have only just begun playing with this but it looks like a fantastic tool for helping to dissect word problems and gives your visual learners those cues as well.