Most students at this point can read a word problem, figure out the operation(s) needed, and solve the problem(s). What might be a little more difficult for them is modeling their operation(s) with a strip diagram. This week we worked through all four operations, and discussed what the strip diagrams for each operation could look like. If a student truly understands what is happening with each operation, he/she should be able to model it.
I'm a wife, mother of two, and 4th grade teacher who is totally in love with her job! I teach math and science to roughly 40 kids a year. I've tried to model my classroom after this quote by Elliot Eisner - "When the joy is in the journey, the journey will be pursued." I feel very fortunate to work in an amazing school district, where it is commonplace to push students to their full potential and settle for nothing less. I truly feel blessed!!