Frustrated that your students continue to struggle with word problems? You might think it's because they don't read carefully enough, but it could be that they don't know how to make sense of the situation. Singapore Strips (also called bar models or tape diagrams) are a visual tool that can help with those pesky word problems by promoting student engagement and understanding.

This video shows how Singapore Strips can be introduced and used in an adult education classroom.

For scaffolded practice using Singapore strips, see the

Modeling Benchmark Percents and Fractions practice packet

Bar Model Professional Development:

Will This Be on the Test?-Bar Models PD workshop (archived description here; check SABES calendar for upcoming sections) or contact the SABES Math Center for coaching

Other resources:

Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
ESOL/English Learners
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Media Type
Resource Type
PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center