Teacher Review for Thinking Blocks

Required apps for Common core and PARCC

Greg D.
Classroom teacher
Ute Pass Elementary School
Chipita Park, CO
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
First, I found this product helped me in figuring out how to use bar modeling. I think it helped me more than any other source. Next, I used it with my fifth graders. We use it step-by-step in problem solving. We always watch the demo videos which really help. It shows how to model fractions, all the operations, and ratio. Bar modeling can be quite difficult, so it is something the teacher will have to go slowly with students at first.
My Take
Thinking Blocks is truly required for Common Core and PARCC assessments. It also works great with Singapore Math. Today's math requires students to make visual graphics of math operations and problem solving. Both PARCC assessments and Singapore Math use bar modeling extensively. Thinking Blocks guides students through demo videos and actual step-by-step problem solving. This app is not a gaming app, so it is not action packed for students, however, I am so glad that I found it.