Design thinking, the design process, graphic design, engineering, product development all connect to the act of creating models, whether it be a napkin sketch or a functional prototype.
If you are looking for a handy reference to describe the various types of modeling, look no further. Loughborough University's Eujin Pen took the time to create a visually stunning set of industrial design cards that covers 32 types of modeling. You can print them out as a pdf or save them as a web link. A handy resource for your teaching toolbox.