Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6
In this professional development course for teachers, you will get the training you need to start teaching model drawing, the powerful Singapore Math strategy that gives word problems a visual context. As a teacher, you know that many students groan when it's time to solve word problems. Why is that? Are the problems too difficult? Do students get lost trying to decipher the wording or figure out the computation? Do they simply not know which strategy to use? Actually, it's a combination of all these issues. Luckily, model drawing, a Singapore Math strategy for working word problems, will help your students start to enjoy math in a way they may never have before.
The secret behind model drawing is that it gives students a concrete, reliable set of seven steps that they can use to solve 80% of the word problems out there. They won't have to memorize 20 different techniques and know when to use which anymore. Instead, they will learn how to read the problem, determine its variables, draw a unit bar (the visual model), adjust that bar, place the question mark to indicate what they're solving for, do the computation, and write a complete sentence at the end.
Does it sound too good to be true? This course will prove just how effective model drawing can be in your classroom!
What you will learn
- Get the training you need to start teaching model drawing
- Understand how you can teach students new ways to look at common math problems
- Learn how to incorporate model drawings to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, rate, ratio, and percentage problems
How you will benefit
- Become more confident in your ability to teach even those students who really struggle with math
- Learn a new way to teaching math that can make your students excited to learn
- Achieve better overall classroom results in mathematics
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
- 24 course hours
In your first lesson, you will discover a wonderful solution to your students' aversion to word problems. It's a Singapore Math strategy called model drawing, which gives students seven reliable steps that will help them solve every word problem they encounter.
Are you ready to learn about your model drawing process? This lesson focuses on model drawing and how to read the problem. You will learn to determine variables, make a visual representation of the problem, adjust that model for problem information, do the computation, and write a final sentence.
In this lesson, you will solve a variety of addition problems. Whether you teach first grade or sixth, it's helpful to know how to solve basic addition problems with model drawing. These are great learning exercises for older students because the computation is simple, and they can focus on the process.
Subtraction word problems can be tricky. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of what goes where, and other times, it's confusing to do the math itself. This lesson focuses on harnessing the power of a visual model that shows students how the subtracted quantity fits into the problem.
Remember those problems where Sally types 62 words per minute and you had to figure out how many words she types in 15 minutes? Well, guess what? These problems don't have to be as hard as they seem. In this lesson, you will learn how easy it is to show each quantity in your model drawings.
Now that you've mastered multiplication problems, it's time to discover their cousin. Division word problems are often the ones students stumble on the most. But after this lesson, you will soon be gliding through them with ease. You will even discover how to solve those tricky before and after scenarios.
This lesson tackles fraction word problems that are easy to visualize with a unit bar model. You will be amazed by how much a simple model can help students understand complex fraction concepts.
If you've ever needed to figure out how many miles you will get out of a few gallons of gas, you will appreciate this lesson on rate word problems. You will learn how to set up the two different things being compared in a typical rate problem (like miles per gallon or cookies per plate).
Now that you've discovered rates, it's time to learn about ratio problems. Imagine that you have 3 candy bars to Timmy's 1, and Jill has 2 to your 3. That's a 3:1:2 ratio. These problems don't have to be any more complex than multiplication problems—it's all about finding the base unit and working from there.
This lesson introduces the Singapore approach to percent word problems The nice thing about percent problems is that most of the time, you're not working with more than 100%. With your handy percent ruler (a great model drawing trick), these problems become a snap.
By now you may feel like a Singapore Math pro! In this lesson, you will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned so far in this course. This lesson focuses on solving word problems and matching each word problem with a pre-created model.
Now that you've learned how to successfully integrate model drawing with so many kinds of word problems, you will learn how you can take all of this information into your classroom. This lesson is all about how to introduce model drawing the right way, how to practice before you present the lessons, and how to give your students ample opportunities to learn with you and on their own.
Anni Stipek holds bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from University of Puget Sound. She has more than 20 years of experience in the K-12 classroom and worked as a Staff Development for Educators math consultant for five years. She has written and facilitates numerous online courses, including "The Foundations of Singapore Math Model Drawing Grades 1-6" and "The Foundations of Singapore Math Number Sense/Computation Strategies Grades 1-6."
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.