## What is a bar model for 2nd grade?

In math, a bar model can be defined as a pictorial representation of a number in the form of bars or boxes used to solve number problems. Bar models help us to attain an understanding of how a problem needs to be solved and calculated.

**What do you do with bar models?**

Bar modelling is used to help understand how to solve problems in various mathematical topics including ratio, proportion, and equations. Using short multiplication and short division can help when solving problems represented by bar models.

**How do you explain bar model to kids?**

Bar models are visual representations of problems or ideas that can be used for any of these operations: subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. In word problems, bar models have the big benefit of helping children to decide which operations they can use or how to visualise problems.

### Why do we use bar models?

Bar models are most often used to solve number problems with the four operations – addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. In word problems, bar models help children decide which operations to use or visualise problems.

**How does using a bar model help you to multiply?**

A bar model is a visual method to help learners solve number problems without the need for traditional written calculation methods. The bars or boxes in a bar model represent known and unknown quantities. They are proportional and show how the larger bar – the whole – can be split into smaller chunks.

**What is a bar model?**

The bar model is a visual strategy to help solve number problems using different sized rectangles to represent numbers. The rectangles or ‘bars’ are proportional so that a larger number in a problem is represented by a larger bar.

#### How can a bar diagram help me plan and solve a problem?

Bar diagrams developed to build strong problem solvers! Many problems involve two known quantities and one unknown quantity students need to find. Bar diagrams help students understand and represent the relationship between quantities and solve problems.

**How do you describe a bar model?**

**Is a bar model pictorial or abstract?**

pictorial

As shown, the bar method is primarily pictorial. Pupils will naturally develop from handling concrete objects, to drawing pictorial representations, to creating abstract rectangles to illustrate a problem.