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




Set of teaching posters to guide students in how to use tape diagrams



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.



Set of two, can be used for practice or assessment. The first worksheet give students word problems to solve by filling in the information on blank tape diagrams. The second worksheet has three partially filled in tape diagrams. Students create a word problem to go with each. Requires higher-level thinking.


Once your students learn to use tape diagrams, I think you'll see them become much more proficient at problem solving

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