Tiled Area Questions

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Tiled Area Questions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to compose and decompose numbers.  This post primarily focuses on fractions.  If you are a K-2 teacher, you may really like this version.

Watch the video, download the resources, and give your student the opportunity to visualize, decompose, compare, and compose numbers.



Click here to download the 12 Colored Displays.


Click here to download the 12 Combination Displays.



Click here to download the 12 White Printables



Click here to download the 12 Pages With 6 Identical Images.



I encourage you to give your students opportunities to see the same concept in many different ways.

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The K-2 post is ready!!!  Visit it here:  Primary Tile Questions

The latest post in the series is ready:  3 Powerful Tile Strategies (and 40 New Downloadable Pages)



After reading this blog post, take a look at  THE 12 MOST POPULAR MATH STRATEGIES AND DOWNLOADS ON THIS BLOG.



Many thanks to Melissa D. for sharing these pictures from her 7th grade classroom in Toronto.  You can follow Melissa on Twitter @Dean_of_math .

Update:  Melissa’s excellent, beautiful blog post, “Embracing the struggle (aka #mathismore than a word problem)” is well worth your time, and will give a glimpse into her personal  journey as well as how she is using Tiled Area Squares in her classroom.  Take a look at her blog post with additional images here.

Here is a sneak peak at Melissa’s post.  Click on either picture to see her post.

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Thank you, Melissa, for sending these additional pictures as well.!

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I also recommend viewing these posts:

Splat!  This post includes 50 (fifty!) animated number sense lessons for K-12 teachers.

Color the Cube Connectors (more downloadables and strategies)

The Maze Hundreds Chart

Provide Massive Space to Notice

How to make Quick Subitizing Images + 3 Free Resources


Thank you for visiting my blog.  Remember, if you have pictures of pages of student thinking that you would like to see on the blog, please send them to me.

All my best,


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  1. Adrian on February 21, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Hi Steve

    I’ve been using this with my Year 5 extension class. I give them the surface area of the square. I differentiate by giving them 3 different area sizes getting more difficult with the third area using decimals. I then ask them to find out the total surface area. It’s been gold! Thank you!

  2. Anika Sommer on November 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Steve,
    Greetings from Singapore! I just wanted to thank you for your incredible resources. I found them after watching your presentation on the Making Math Moments virtual summit. I also wanted to thank you so much for making them freely available. They will help our students greatly.
    Kind regards,

    • Steve Wyborney on November 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Hi, Anika! I’m so glad students in Singapore are enjoying the materials. It was a privilege to present at the virtual summit. I really appreciate this!

  3. Kim S on January 31, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I just discovered your blog. I’m can’t get enough of all your different math activities. So far my 7th graders love the Esti-Mysteries and Splat! These tiled area questions are going to be amazing for them. Thank you for making these, and making them available for free!

    Were having more fun in class, thanks to you!!

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      Hi Emily,
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