We work on Math Tiles for 30 minutes once a week. We are usually working on 4 different math activities at one time. The students are each given tiles that have the numbers 0 through 9 on them.
Each activity has 20 different task cards. The challenges start easy and get progressively harder. Here are a few of my favorites for third graders.
Addition Balance Tiles - The top and bottom lines give the students hints on what numbers to use. For example, the balance at the left of the top line tells the student that the number sentence on either side of the equal sign will equal 10. Once the top and bottom equations are solved, they are left with 4 number tiles, in this case 4, 6, 7, and 8. The last part of their task is to arrange these 4 numbers to make the equation true.
They can't wait to show that they have solved it all by themselves! Try this one!
We are fortunate that our school has invested in this tool and we have many of the Math Tile activities. However, they are very affordable at $15.00 per activity. Tiling Task Card Packets include 20 unique task cards on card stock, 3 backdrop cards, tracking sheets, suggestions and answer sheets. These are contained in a printed manila envelope for convenient storing. A set of number tiles 0 - 9 is needed for each task card.
Do you use Marcy Cook Math Tiles? I'd love to hear about how you use them in your classroom!