I use this graphic organizer to help my students develop strategies to help them solve word problems. This activity can be used for solving any word problem and is aligned to Common Core standards. It can be used for independent practice, partner work, or group work.
Common Core Standards-shifts to showing thinking in variety of ways and explaining thinking
4.NBT.5 Multipy a whole number . . . Illustrate and explain the calculation using equations, rectangluar arrays, and/or area models.
4.NBT.6 Find whole number quotients and remainders . . . Illustrate and explain the calculation using equations rectangular arrays, and/or area models.