Friday, May 6, 2016

Thursday Tool School: Critical Thinking Tools- Tiling Tasks

As you may have seen from this week's Transformation Tuesday post, the theme for this month is critical thinking. Using critical thinking activities is an awesome way to keep the students engaged at this point in the school year. It's also a great way to enhance grade level content without reaching into the next grade level's content and skills. Therefore, Thursday Tool School will feature some of my most favorite critical thinking tools. Today's tool for this Thursday Tool School (on a Friday) is tiling tasks.

I first introduced tiling tasks in my "Doing Math the Routty Way: Engaging Activities from A to Z series. (Read the series here.) Tiling task cards make great menu activities or fast finisher challenges. Using tiling tasks in the classroom offers you an opportunity to increase the critical thinking skills of your students because they must use their strategic knowledge in order to determine where to place each tile. 

Here's how to use them: 
1. Give each student a set of number tiles, a set of numbered tiles 0-9, to complete each task card. 
2. Students use their reasoning skills to complete the task cards. Each tile belongs to one space and only one space. As you can see in the task below, there can be more than one way to represent each problem, but only one combination of numbers will work. 

Free Resource Alert! Grad a copy of this tiling task here

Note: A set of tiles can be downloaded here. Copy them on card stock for easy use.

This tiling task is included in my Order of Operations: Activities and Games After Math Pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. 

Want More? Marcy Cook's Tiling Task Cards are some of my favorite resources! She has a whole collection of these cards for a variety of skills. In addition, here are some free tiling task resources that I discovered from Teachers Pay Teachers. Check them out! 

Sound Off! What are your favorite tiling tasks resources?


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