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Singapore Math 8 Step Model Drawing

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Why? A study compared math achievement in over 40 countries in grades 4, 8 and 12. Singapore and a handful of East Asian countries performed extremely well, much better than the United States. They teach children a PROCESS to solve problems and how to APPLY that process to new problems.

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Addition Keep the same unit (apples and apples or fruit and fruit) Finding a bigger number Subtraction Keep the same unit (apples and apples or fruit and fruit) Finding a smaller number Multiplication Different units (apples and baskets or fruit and crates) Finding a bigger number Division Different units (apples and baskets or fruit and crates) Finding a smaller number Johnny had 6 apples. Susie gave him 10 more apples. How many apples did he have then? Johnny had 16 apples. He gave Susie 10 of his apples. How many apples did he have then? Johnny put apples into baskets. Each basket had 6 apples. There were 10 baskets. How many apples did he have altogether? Johnny had 60 apples. He put 10 apples in each basket. How many baskets did he use?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence.

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. Janet picked 3 daisies and 2 sunflowers from her garden. How many total flowers did Janet pick from her garden?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. One bag of lettuce weighed 14 ounces. Another bag weighed 12 ounces. What was the total weight of the 2 bags of lettuce?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. Rico has $45. Tom has $28. How much more money does Rico have than Tom?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. Ling put 3 photos on each page of her album. If there were 6 pages, how many photos did Ling put in her album?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. Luis ran 2 miles each day during the month of September. How many total miles did Luis run in September?

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Read the entire problem. Write the question as a sentence. Decide who is involved and add ‘s. Decide what is involved. Draw unit bars of equal length. Label them. Read each sentence. STOP at each punctuation mark. Put the question mark in its place on the diagram. Work it out to the side or underneath. Answer the question as a complete sentence. There are six vases on the table and 12 flowers in each vase. How many total flowers are in the vases?

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