Word problems in Singapore math and bar diagrams

If you're interested in Singapore math's word problems, and how their bar diagrams work, check out this blog entry by Denise at Let's Play Math:

Pre-algebra problem solving: 3rd grade

She goes through a bunch of word problems from Singapore Math 3-A book, and explains both a solution based on algebraic thinking, and a solution with bar diagrams.

It's good reading for all of us who teach, actually.


Dawn said…
Thanks! We've been pproaching word problems but my daughter has been having a problem with the bar models. Once it's in algebraic form she seems to have a much easier time. The only problem is I have an easier time with the bar models myself so I've been hunting down algerbra links trying to find a way to approach this with her. I'll check out the link.
Ramon said…
My son is learning with Singapore Math. As a 5th grader he's having some problems with the bar model approach, so that I tried to help by publishing some examples at our web site:
gforce.terradeleon.comMaybe they can be useful to others. I'm not a teacher and Math Mammoth has been of great help.
christine Chana said…
Sorry Ramon,
But your answer is wrong to the shopping problem on your web site.
Each unit is $10 not $9
Krishna said…
Hi everyone,

I was educated in Singapore although I don't live there anymore. I am homeschooling my twins and have found that Singapore Math is the best math syllabus for them for it really develops their problem solving skills.

I realized that there are not many Singapore Math Worksheets online and many parents are looking for them. I decided to create free Singapore math worksheets for parents and teachers who are looking for extra math problems to give their kids.

My questions follow the Singapore syllabus strictly but I have made them hilarious so that kids would not get bored.

They are all Free! Go ahead. Download or print as many worksheets as you want.

My web address:
Free Math Word Problems - Challenging Singapore First Grade Math

Hope your kids get a mental workout and have fun in the process too!

All the Best,
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