Students with learning disabilities , including dyslexia, often find it diffcult to tackle mathematical word problems.One useful approach is to teach children how to use diagrams or models to solve word problems.
THINKING BLOCKS is an free interactive math tool on the internet which helps children solve maths word problems including addition,subtraction, multiplication, division etc by building simple math models.
It was developed by classroom teachers to help students learn how to solve multistep word problems. Using brightly colored blocks, students model the relationships among the parts of each word problem. With the help of a virtual teacher, students walk through a simple problem solving process and arrive at a solution. Incorrect answers elicit helpful questions, hints, and suggestions that lead students toward the correct answer.When building the models, students must identify information that is given as well as information that is unknown. Identifying and solving for an unknown quantity is a key concept in algebra.
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