We are teaching students to use model drawing to solve word problems. The idea helps them make a picture representation of the problem and look for the part they are missing. Students are taught to first read the question, and rephrase in a statement using ____ (a blank) to represent the number we don't know.
Here is an example of what it means to make an ump statement.
Now putting into the context of a real math problem.
Here is a few examples of very simple problem... We are asking the student to create a model that will help them identify the answer.