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Using Diagrams and Models: 2.75

This article discusses the importance of abstraction and generalization in being able to use models and diagrams effectively, whether children are creating their own models to represent a situation and explain their thinking, or interpreting a provided model. The resource offers examples to illustrate these ideas as well as teaching strategies and activities in the areas of parity, mental addition, equivalent fractions, and multi-digit multiplication.
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Contributed by: State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicNumber Sense, Fractions, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Instructor Guide/Manual

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (Australia)
    • Education TopicInstructional materials, Teaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorState of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
    • Publication Date2012-09-26
    • RightsCopyright (c) State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)
      http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/copyright.aspx
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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