Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers
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Thinking Blocks

Thinking Blocks is an interactive Flash tool for modeling and solving math problems visually. Students represent quantities and relationships by placing blocks and braces on a work space and using the tools to resize and label them accordingly. Users can change the color of blocks, move them, copy them, divide them into equal parts, and separate them. A pencil tool and keyboard are also available. The site includes video tutorials demonstrating how to use the tool and how to model a wide variety of problem types. It also contains a bank of hundreds of word problems.
Contributed by: Colleen King, Publisher
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Decimals, Fractions, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media, Problem Set, Tools, Video