Let the Modeling Begin!

Math Models for Thinking

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Wendy Curtner

Math Consultant ESC Region 11
Fort Worth, TX

Faith Schwope

Math Consultant ESC Region 11

Fort Worth, TX

Nancy Trent

Math Consultant ESC Region 11
Fort Worth, TX

What models have you used in your classroom for which math concepts?

Give One Get One Template

Students put their own ideas in the top three boxes. Then, on teacher’s cue, they move about the room asking the other students for one of their ideas. At the same time they give one of theirs. This is done until all boxes are filled.

Mastery Connect

View the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in one app! A great reference for teachers, parents, and students to easily read and understand the standards. Quickly find and search standards by subject, grade level, and key word.
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What is Mathematical Modeling?

A model for thinking about a mathematical concept refers to any object, picture, or drawing that represents the concept.


  • To see a concept in a model you must have some relationship in your mind to impose on the model.
  • Models give children something to think about, explore with, talk about, and reason with.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using virtual models versus physical models?

Strip Diagrams / Tape Diagrams / Percent Bars

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Ratio tables

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Algebra Tiles

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Number Lines

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How can you support students' use of modeling?

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Mathalicious: On Your Mark

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