Modeling & using tools (MP4, MP5)

Representing a Problem Visually

See how different groups of students use double number lines and other visuals to tackle "Frank's Problem," which involves figuring out the most efficient travel routes in terms of mileage.


FEATURING: John Corigliano, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Madison Elementary School (WA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Ways to Measure One and a Half Cups

A fourth-grade teacher asks students to help solve his problem of measuring 1-1/2 cups without either a 1-cup or a 1/2-cup measuring cup, and instead with the use of many other size measuring cups. Students write number sentences to describe the results of their measurement exploration.

FEATURING: Keith Phelps, Fourth-Grade Teacher, Eliza Hart Spalding School of Math and Technology (ID)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Solving a Real-World Fraction Division Problem

A fifth-grade teacher poses a fraction division problem and challenges students to find different approaches to a solution. One student uses a number line; others use build-up strategies.


FEATURING: Brett Mosely, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Eliza Hart Spalding School of Math and Technology (ID)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works