Teacher Review For Thinking Blocks

Add Bar Models to Your Direct Instruction!

Sarah P.
Teacher Expert - Educational Technology / IT Collaborator
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Practice
Teacher-led lessons
Great with General
How I Use It
This app is best used for direct instruction. When using it for skill practice, students can lose interest and motivation quickly.
My Take
The Thinking Blocks app is great for teaching students to use bar models to solve story problems . Bar models, rectangular models, or area model are common terms used when teaching math to help model and visualize story problems! When using this app, student go through the process of identifying the representing word problems and their number relationships to solve problems using different bar models. This app is a good resource in teaching students strategies to tackle story problems. While this app could be used for skill practice, I think it would be best utilized as a direct instruction resource.