This anchor chart is a great tool for teaching students the different stages of solving math problems. This ladder shows them each stage: manipulatives, drawings, using just the numbers, and mental math. Students should always be moving up the ladder, with the goal of being able to mentally solve equations. This is a great visual for students to see where they are on the math ladder, and what stage they are working toward. This anchor chart will help motivate students to keep working hard to move up the ladder. You can print this poster larger and put each student's name on a clip. Then they can actually move themselves up the ladder by moving their clip to the next stage.