Thinking Blocks is a suite of learning tools designed to help students solve math word problems accurately and efficiently. Using brightly colored blocks, students model mathematical relationships and identify known and unknown quantities. The model provides students with a powerful image that organizes information and simplifies the problem solving process. By modeling increasingly complex word problems, students develop strong reasoning skills which facilitate the transition from arithmetic to algebra.
Thinking blocks fit perfects with the Common Core standards. The activities on Thinking Blocks site provides both guided instruction through tutorials and independent practice using the modeling tool. The link to the website can be found here: http://thinkingblocks.com/
Thinking Blocks is a great tool for elementary, middle, and even high school students who struggle with problem solving and word problems.