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Tool: Thinking Blocks - Ratio Word Problems
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Description: Thinking Blocks teaches students in grades 4 - 6 how to model and solve multistep word problems dealing with ratio and proportion. Using brightly colored blocks, students model the relationships among the components of each word problem. With the help of a virtual teacher, students walk through a simple problem solving process and arrive at a solution. When building the models, students must identify information that is given as well as information that is unknown - a key part of algebra. Thinking Blocks encourages students to look beyond the surface to discover the concepts and relationships that are at the core of every math problem.
Technology Type: Flash 
Author: Colleen King
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Courses: Math 4 Number sentences, Setting up an equation, Ratios, Proportions
Math 5 Variables, Setting up an equation, Representations, Ratios, Proportions
Math 6 Variables, Setting up an equation, Representations, Ratios, Proportions
Math 7 Variables, Setting up an equation, Representations, Ratio and proportion

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Reviewer: mathmagic, Mar 31 2007 02:05:14:307PM
What did students learn? My students learned how to solve many different types of ratio word problems.
Recommended for: Math 5: Ratio and proportion; Math 6: Ratio and proportion
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