Category: Concepts

Words representing or related to common concepts, subject matter or meanings.

The models on these pages are representations of Davis Symbol Mastery, which uses clay to depict the meaning of each word. This is somewhat different than Davis Concept Mastery, where clay modeling is used to depict a broader concept that the word represents. Most of the words modeled here are words that would be part of the definitions or achieving understanding of the related concepts.

Being (Existence)

Be can join a subject with a word or words that tell something about it. Be can also tell that somethingexists or takes place. Be can also be a linking verband a helping verb. In modeling, it can help to start with the root “be.” Arrows and clay circles can help to designate the speaker (for example, first person – “I am”)… See examples →


Words giving information about numbers, quantity, or relationships based on number and quantity. Many of these words are frequently used in word problems in arithmetic. These words often have special definitions for math that can be modeled separately from their most common meaning when used in language. See examples →


The definitions of these words require an understanding of concepts of the passage of time (past and future), or of duration or temporal relationships. See examples →