NEW as of 6-27-16
I am so excited about this product to help students understand how to use Strip Diagrams and Thinking Patterns to solve word problems as they “Plan a Solution” during the UPS-check Problem Solving process.
In the past, I always have taught using the thinking patterns: Some Some More, Some Went Away, Bigger Smaller Difference, Equal Groups Put Together, and Equal Groups Take Apart. However, as I studied the newest math TEKS, I noticed that the vocabulary of “Joining” was consistently used for Addition and Multiplication, the word “Separating” was used for Subtraction and Division, and the word “Comparing” was also used for Subtraction. I also noticed that the term “Equal Groups” is emphasized when students are learning how to multiply and divide.
As I worked with my students this year, I found myself beginning to use those terms to help students better understand the difference between the different Thinking Patterns and Operations that go with the Thinking Patterns.
So…. After much consideration and thought, as well as talking to some of my teacher friends, I decided to change the Thinking Patterns I would teach my student to use as they used UPS-Check to solve Word Problems.
Well…. This decision has developed into something much bigger than I ever imagined and now I have created Strip Diagram characters to go along with the Thinking Patterns. I also wrote a fun (but cheezy) story to explain what each Thinking Pattern means and how a Strip Diagram matches a certain Thinking Pattern and Operation. The name of the Story is: The Fashion Show! I also then made a VERY cheezy video narrating the story for teachers to use in their classrooms as they introduce the story (or to just give teachers one way it can be presented.) I’m sure most elementary teachers out there can do a much better job of narrating the story than I did, but for those of you out there who do not LOVE to read stories, then there is a video to help you at the following link: https://youtu.be/ChkBp6etFWc
The NEW Thinking Patterns/Strip Diagram Character Names are:
JUG (Join Unequal Groups)
SUG (Separate Unequal Groups)
CUG (Compare Unequal Groups)
JEG (Join Equal Groups)
SEG (Separate Equal Groups)
I truly hope teachers will be able to use these new tools to help their students better understand Strip Diagrams, Thinking Patterns, Operations, and how to solve a word problem.
The following things are included in the product on my TPT store:
--Thinking Pattern Reference Cards/Notes Page
--A Copy of the story “The Fashion Show”
--Large Posters to display the thinking patterns
--Foldables to put in an Interactive Notebook to reference information about Strip Diagrams and Thinking Patterns
--Colored Character Posters to display the Strip Diagrams and Thinking Patterns
--Blackline Masters for students to make their own Strip Diagram characters.
If you purchased the OLD Thinking Pattern Posters, you can email me and I will send the NEW Posters to you.
Please download the free Preview to see more about what is included.
As always, if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Problem Solving!!
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