These stems are used in the math block when students are explaining, justifying, and critiquing other students' math problem solving work. Students use them to help formulate conversations about math concepts while looking at other students' strategies.
These questioning stems are aligned with the Common Core SMPs (Standards of Mathematical Practices).
The first few weeks of school maybe only giving students five stem to choose from would be appropriate, but as the year progresses attached new stems to the rings. In my class they are in the manipulative bins for each group so students can always access them. There are 16 stems in all.
To make them I print these on to card stalk, cut along the border, laminate them, punch holes in the corner and put a ring through them.
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