Tape diagrams (bar models) are an excellent way to solve multiplication and division problems! This pack will help your students learn to use this strategy and apply it.


• Tape diagram teaching posters to guide students in using tape diagrams

• Task cards/Matching Activity - Includes 10 problem cards, 10 tape diagram cards, and 10 equation cards. These can be used in a variety of ways. Have students match each problem with the correct tape diagram model and equations. Provide just the story problems and have students solve on their own. Provide just the tape diagram cards and have students create equations and/or story problems to go with them.

• 2 Assessments/worksheets and answer key

Students will learn to analyze story problems, identify the operation needed, identify the question, use tape diagrams to model and solve, and interpret tape diagrams to write their own story problems.

Problem Solving With Tape Diagrams

  • Grade Level

    3 to 4

  • CCSS

    3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.A.4, 3.OA.B.6

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  • Buyer Reviews

    ✪  "Tape diagrams were a hard concept for my students to grasp. When I used this resource, I was blown away by how it seemed to "click" for many of them. Thanks for sharing!" - Amy


    ✪  "This resource helped my students to draw useful workable models for their math and science problems--Thanks" - Cynthia


    ✪  "I cut these up and laminated them and put in math station. Students had to work together to match the story to the numbers and place the numbers correctly on a tape diagram. They wrote the missing number on a post-it. This was a highly engaging activity for them. Thank you so much!" - Samantha