LIVE Class: Problem Solving with Bar Models

LIVE Class: Problem Solving with Bar Models

This live 6-week course for grades 2-5 helps students navigate the tricky language and processing of word problems using bar models.  Students will participate in 6 live 45-minute zoom trainings with Jessica Kaminski to solve problems and learn how to interpret each operation.  Students will receive their own workbooks to solve problems with additional resources, games and lesson plans to use throughout the week.  All the content, videos and resources will be available for lifetime access via the Canvas Learning Management System.


More information (including the specific lesson plans, resources and materials) can be found at

  • Common Questions and Answers

    What are the goals of the course?

    This course will help students understand the meaning of all 15 addition and subtraction word problem scenarios and all 9 multiplication and division scenarios when solving word problems. Students will learn comprehension strategies to make sense of word problems in the class while practicing using their own copies of The Problem Solving Handbook for Addition and Subtraction and The Problem Solving Handbook for Multiplication and Division with extra video lessons. Students will learn how bar models can help make sense of the problem and show the operation by solving multi-step problems involving all for operations. The course will end with a culminating activity where students are able to try out the different strategies to learn how to solve real-world problems.


     What grade levels are best suited for the course?

    This course is best designed for students in Grades 2-5 who have already learned to work with basic operations. These word problems will require students to add and subtract with and without renaming up to 4-digit numbers and do basic multiplication and division. Students do not need to have a bar modeling background and will learn more about the skill throughout the course.


     How many students are going to be part of the course?

                  The course will be held weekly via a Zoom call using video and audio.  To keep the course engaging and provide scaffolded instruction, there will be a limit of 12 students to each course.  There will be a waiting list provided. In the event that there are more than 20 students who sign up, the possibility of other courses will be considered due to available time/instructors.


     How will the course be conducted?

           The course will be held weekly using a Zoom room with video and audio. Students will interact during the class using Google slides and other digital technology. Materials for the course will be placed in Canvas Learning Management System where resources and be downloaded and students can interact via message boards. Zoom sessions will be recorded (with parent consent) and placed in the Module for review.


     What will be expected of my student?

           Each student will be expected to attend each week at the specific time and be a good classmate.  Students should be an active participant in the class while maintaining a respectful attitude towards others.  Students will be asked to answer questions and show his or her thinking during the class while using audio, video and the provided technology tools.


     What will be expected of the parents?

    Parents will be expected to attend the first meet and greet session to discuss the course held on March 4, 2021 to discuss expectations and requirements. Parents will be asked to be available to your student during each weekly session to help your student with any issues especially during the first session. Parents are encouraged to use the provided weekly materials to continue the content throughout the week so that your student can work towards proficiency for the following lessons.

    What learning materials will be provided?

    Each week, lesson plans that are tied directly to the session will be provided with printable and digital resources. These lesson plans will address specific textbook’s lessons and ways to practice. Video lessons from Jessica’s learning library will also be shared as a way for students to continue the learning throughout the week. Students are encouraged to practice and share their learning via the message boards that will be created during the course. Materials and course information will be available for lifetime access. More information can be found by referencing the weekly syllabus and will be added as the course is in session.


    What materials will we need for the course?

    Connecting cubes, construction paper, dry erase markers, page protectors and a whiteboard will be used for the live classes.  Students should have access to print out the given materials prior to attending the live class.


     How much is the course?

    This course is $225. This fee includes 1 parent introduction session, six 45-minute live student sessions, and one optional 15-minute private parent summary session. This also includes all the printable materials and videos in the video library found at during the length of the course and lifetime access to the course videos and materials.


     Is the course refundable if we decide it is not a good fit?

    This course will be refundable after the first lesson only (by March 10, 2021). To cancel the course and materials, the parent must email Jessica at to receive a full refund. Students who are on the waiting list will be allowed to take the spot with a make-up session and may choose to cancel by 3/12/2021 for a full refund. After 3/12/2021, no refunds will be available.


     How do I sign up?

    Sign up by purchasing the course at Once you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours with your Zoom link for the Parent Support Session and a link for a Google form to tell more about your student. Materials for the first session will be sent by Sunday, March 7, 2021 including a link to join the course from Canvas Learning Management System.



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