I had some students use online manipulatives and some using the actual tiles to plan out a picture. Then they used the paper tiles I made (I printed outlines of tiles on trimmed construction paper) and glued them down on construction paper. Then they wrote the expression that the tiles represented. Students simplified the expression. By the time we were finishing the project, we had already begun solving equations. So I tweaked it a little bit so that the students could choose a number that their simplified expression equalled and then they had to solve for “x”. In order to do that, they had to be able to cancel out the x^2. Therefore I had some requirements.
1. Same amount of large red tiles and large blue tiles.
2 Different amount of medium green tiles and medium red tiles.