Problem solving and critical thinking are two of the hardest skills to teach. One of the ways that I teach these skills are to use tiling puzzles like this Multiplication Tiling Puzzle as modeled think alouds. I share with students my thinking while working through a puzzle and ask them to share any connections that they see as long as they explain their thinking with the class. Modeled think alouds are particularly important at the beginning of the school year when you are building up the strategies you would like to see your class use all year long. In addition to problem solving and critical thinking, this puzzle works on multiplication fact memorization and understanding the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. Download this puzzle for free from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Free Multiplication Facts Tiling Puzzle
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Educator, blogger, mom, fulltime RVer. As an educator, Heidi has taught 1st through 5th grade in both US and UK curriculum, as well as teaching all grade levels in the computer lab at a Title I school in Georgia, USA. Heidi has taught in the US and Morocco, both with high ELL populations and has even spent a few years homeschooling her own three sons in a multilingual program. She shares the knowledge and insight she has gained from her diverse teaching career on the teaching blog Raki's Rad Resources.
Starting in 2014, Heid moved her family of 5 moved into their RV to make adventuring a bigger part of their lives. You can follow that adventure at RVing with the Raki's.