3 Powerful Tile Strategies (and 40 new downloadable pages)

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3 Powerful Tile Strategies will equip you to provide number sense opportunities to your students that involve composing and decomposing either whole numbers or fractions.  This is a very flexible resource that can be used in any grade, K-12.

This post follows up the wildly popular Tiled Area Questions and Primary Tile Questions posts with even more strategies – and with 40 brand new downloadable pages!

By using some or all of the 3 Powerful Tile Strategies your students will have strong ongoing opportunities to develop number sense in bright, colorful, and insightful ways.



Download Pages 1-10

Download Pages 11-20

Download Pages 21-30

Download Pages 31-40



Here is a glimpse into how Molly Rawding and the amazing fourth grade team at her school are including tiled area questions in a 3-week challenge!  You can follow Molly on Twitter @MollyR54321


Update:  If you have not yet read Chase Orton’s blog post, entitled “Using tile problems to introduce fractions and create intellectual need,” you should stop and read it now!  The way Chase uses story, images, student examples, and instructional tactics vividly brings readers directly into a powerful experience.  His post also allows you to see how he keeps pressing himself and those around him to reach for deeper levels of learning.  You can find Chase on Twitter @mathgeek76 and find his blog here.


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


Update:  Here is a pic from Jon Orr (@MrOrr_Geek) who tweeted “I’m seeing extensions into @SteveWyborney ‘s Tiled Area problems into algebra…”  Nice extension, Jon!

You may also be interested in:

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

The original Tiled Area Questions, which includes a wide a variety of downloadables

Primary Tile Questions, which focuses on number sense with whole numbers, and includes many more downloadables.

The runaway post, The Animated Multiplication Table

The more recent, highly popular The Maze Hundreds Chart


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5 responses to “3 Powerful Tile Strategies (and 40 new downloadable pages)”

  1. Ania Avatar

    Using tomorrow! I’ll let you know. I wanted to take a moment to let you know, you are appreciated!

  2. Cheryl Fortini Avatar
    Cheryl Fortini

    Thanks for sharing these great resources. Is there a trick in downloading the 40 pages as I am encountering difficulty.

    1. stevewyborney@gmail.com Avatar

      Hi, Cheryl. The download links on this page https://stevewyborney.com/?p=881 will take you to another page where you need to click one more time. You need to do this for each of the sets. Likely, there is an easier way, but I turned on my computer one day and decided to start blogging so I’m sort of figuring it out as I go.

  3. Kit Luce Avatar

    Can’t wait to try these with educators and students.

    1. stevewyborney@gmail.com Avatar

      Thanks, Kit! I’d love to hear how it goes. I appreciate your support!

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