Sunday, April 1, 2012


Problem solving is always a tricky element to teach to students.  I have taught third grade, first grade, and now second grade.  Since our district has implemented Singapore Math, I have absolutely loved teaching the 8 Steps of Model Drawing.  This method has helped my students tremendously when it comes to analyzing and correctly answering problems in math.  The year our district started Singapore Math, I was teaching third grade.  I wasn't too overwhelmed about teaching problem solving, but the following year I moved to first grade.  I was totally in shock about how to help the students keep the 8 steps organized and readable.  I created this diagram to help them fill out as they moved through the 8 steps of problem solving. To my surprise, the kiddos totally got it and were successful as they solved the problems!  I have continued to use this diagram for the students even this year as I teach second grade.  I am fortunate to be able to see just how effective this strategy has been, since I have several students this year from my first grade class last year.


I uploaded my diagram- they are mini....I use these daily and the students get one per day to fill out and glue into their math workbook to solve problems.  You could glue them into a notebook, or I have even used them as exit slips and collected them as they leave for recess or lunch.  One of my co-workers, Kolleen, created a scoring rubric to go along with the model drawing process.  I fancied it up a bit and attached it for free as well.  Take a look at a few of the slides I added to the page as well.  If you want to purchase the whole unit, you can visit my Teachers Pay Teachers page by clicking on my button to the right!  I hope you have as much success as I have teaching problem solving!


Have you ever used model drawing before?


  1. Great Teacher Feature post on TBA! I'm a new follower :)

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  2. Loved the video on TBA! I really like the idea of having steps to follow, I'm now your newest follower :)
    Swing by my lil' blog when you get a chance :) Thanks again for sharing!
    Dual Kinder Teacher

  3. Saw you girls on TBA and came over to follow! Precious blog! Can't wait to read more! Come visit when you can!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  4. Just found your blog on TBA! I'm a new follower of this cute blog! I'd love for you to come visit mine sometime =)

  5. Thanks! Your blog makes me want to eat a cupcake! It's so cute! Amy

  6. Hi girls!

    I tagged you guys in a post I just wrote! I am really trying to start learning more about Singapore Math and you are one of my main go-tos! Thanks for all of your great Singapore posts!

    Lessons with Laughter


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