3rd Grade Math Word Problem Task Cards BUNDLE | Printable & Digital

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    Digital & printable word problems included. These differentiate word problems are designed to help third grade students exercise multi-step math problem solving, reasoning, critical thinking, and precise math modeling skills for the following topics:

    • Rounding & place value word problems
    • Addition & subtraction word problems
    • Multiplication word problems
    • Division word problems
    • Area & perimeter word problems
    • Fraction word problems
    • Quadrilateral word problems
    • Capacity & mass word problems
    • Telling time & elapsed time word problems
    • Data & graphing word problems

    Each of the 432 task cards is provided in two formats:

    • Printable task cards that can be used to make a physical task card station in your classroom.
    • Digital task cards that are formatted on Google Slides, and ready for you to add as an assignment to Google Classroom, making them the perfect resource for distance learning.



    Teacher’s Guide: This detailed 14-page guide includes ideas for organizing your task cards, organizing response sheets, scoring completed tasks, and answers FAQs.

    252 Making Meaning Task Cards (Printable and Google Classroom Formats): These tasks require students to apply 3rd grade math skills to solve complex word problems using precise math models.

    88 Challenge Task Cards (Printable and Google Classroom Formats): These tasks are designed to provide enrichment opportunities to students who have mastered the math concepts you’ve introduced during your math unit. Each task requires critical thinking and the ability to apply 3rd grade math skills to solve more advanced and complex problems.

    92 Transfer Task Cards (Printable and Google Classroom Formats): These tasks are designed for students who are ready to demonstrate their mastery of 3rd grade math content through carefully-crafted summative assessment problems.  Each of these higher-order tasks requires students to evaluate, design, analyze, make connections, or find patterns while problem solving.

    ★ Printable & Google Slides Recording Sheets: The three printable and two digital recording sheet formats included help you scaffold and differentiate the problem solving process for the learners in your classroom. Each recording sheet format includes space for students to:

    • Record and analyze the math word problem.
    • Create labeled math models showing how to solve the problem.
    • Record their solution in a complete sentence.

    2 Completed Task Card Samples: These completed samples feature Task 1 from the Third Grade Area and Perimeter Word Problem Solving Task Card Collection and can be used to set work quality expectations for your students as they familiarize themselves with these digital task cards. Sample 1 models how to use the “Simple Solution” recording sheet format, and Sample 2 models how to use the “Solution with Explanation” recording sheet format.

    Answer Keys: Scoring these complex word problems is easier than ever with a quick-reference answer key for every task.

    Editable Rubric: Providing meaningful feedback to students has never been easier with this word problem solving task card rubric. The rubric is included as a digital slide, and a PDF so you can select the format that meets the needs of your classroom. The format of this rubric also makes it an ideal tool for routine student self-reflection. Use the rubric as-is, or tweak the editable version to meet the unique needs of your classroom.

    Weekly Task Card Tracker Template: Plug your student names into this editable document, print it, laminate it, and hang it near your task card station so you and your students can easily track their progress toward their weekly task card goal. 

    Task Card Board/Station Signs: ready-to-print signs that make organizing your task card station a breeze.



    Multi-step word problems are one of the greatest challenges for many students. We should be providing students with daily opportunities to tackle complex word problems in the classroom so they can truly master this challenging skill.

    These math problem solving tasks are carefully crafted so students routinely practice their ability to:

    ★ Carefully analyze what math skills are required to find a solution.

    ★ Create detailed math models that show their math reasoning.

    ★ Record their solution in a complete sentence.



    Now you can easily give your students more practice solving complex word problems without having to prep your own for each unit. Here are a few ways you can use these task cards as an instructional tool in your classroom:

    ★ Guided practice during small group work

    ★ Step-by-step modeling during mini lessons

    ★ Guided math conversations with parent volunteers, teacher’s aides, or teacher

    ★ Independent practice during math workshop, guided math, math centers, or Daily 3

    ★ Word problem solving station during math centers

    ★ Formative assessment tool throughout math units

    ★ Summative assessment tool at the end of math units (Transfer Tasks are designed specifically for this purpose)



    This collection of task cards includes two features that make it easy for you to differentiate problem solving your students.

    Three Task Card Types: With three types of task cards to choose from, your students will participate in rigorous problem solving opportunities that meet them at their current level of understanding.

    • Making Meaning Tasks are designed for students who are working to apply and master third grade math concepts.
    • Challenge Tasks are designed for students who are ready to take their learning to the next level and tackle more advanced, complex word problems.
    • Transfer Tasks are designed for students who are ready to demonstrate their mastery of a standard through carefully-crafted summative assessment problems.

    Five Recording Sheet Formats: No matter what type of task card your students are solving, they can use the unique problem solving recording sheets included in this resource. These formats include:

    • A digital sheet with a beginner problem solving process checklist.
    • A digital sheet with an advanced problem solving process checklist.
    • A printable sheet with a beginner problem solving process checklist.
    • A printable sheet with an advanced problem solving process checklist.
    • A printable sheet without a problem solving checklist for students who need less scaffolding.



    These task cards are a perfect independent practice tool for math workshop, guided math, math centers, or Daily 3. Included in this bundle are labels that help you create a task card board or station where students can independently select the tasks that interest them most each day. This makes incorporating student choice into your daily math practice seamless.



    You will have no shortage of quality word problems this school year. Rather than crafting your own word problems, or piecing together the most rigorous problems from your math files, you can simply upload these task cards to your Google Classroom, or set up a printable task card station in your classroom, and rest easy knowing you have a collection of standards-aligned problem solving tasks that were crafted with rigor and creativity in mind. In addition to your word problem task cards, you will also receive these time-saving tools:

    • The included quick-reference answer keys make scoring these complex word problems in easier than ever.

    • The 14-page Teacher’s Guide gives you detailed best practices for implementing this unique type of task card in your classroom based on years of experience using tasks like these in my own classroom.

    • An editable rubric makes providing meaningful feedback to students has quick and easy. The format of this rubric also makes it an ideal tool for routine student self-reflection. Use the rubric as-is, or tweak the editable version to meet the unique needs of your classroom.

    • The editable Weekly Task Card Tracker template saves you and your student time as you track progress toward learning goals. Simply plug your student names into this editable document, print it, laminate it, and hang it near your task card station so you and your students can easily track their progress toward their weekly task card goal. 



    ♥ “This is an incredible resource that would have taken me HOURS to make myself. It will be easy to differentiate and so helpful for my students!” - Lauren B.

    ♥ “Absolutely love! They are differentiated which is great and the recording sheet is so detailed that students are really understanding the task card and the process they took to solve it.” - Joelle D.

    ♥ “I cannot say enough good things about this resource (and Core Inspiration's entire Math Workshop routine). The questions are thought-provoking, the answering method is genius, and the entire practice creates a focused problem-solving strategy for the younger elementary set. In fact, I am going to be using these cards (along with some I will have to write) in my 4th grade classroom next year. For kids (like the 3rd grade class matriculating at my school) who have never been asked to do this kind of problem solving, I think these cards will probably be challenging enough! I only wish Laura Santos taught 4th grade as well :) I would use exclusively her products for my class. I am so excited to have found these resources.” - “Samantha S.

    ♥ “I really enjoy this and the math problems are great for making students think! Really worth the purchase!” - Megan M.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts. Upper elementary students might notice when dividing 25 by 11 that they are repeating the same calculations over and over again, and conclude they have a repeating decimal. By paying attention to the calculation of slope as they repeatedly check whether points are on the line through (1, 2) with slope 3, middle school students might abstract the equation (𝑦 – 2)/(𝑥 – 1) = 3. Noticing the regularity in the way terms cancel when expanding (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥 + 1), (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥² + 𝑥 + 1), and (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥³ + 𝑥² + 𝑥 + 1) might lead them to the general formula for the sum of a geometric series. As they work to solve a problem, mathematically proficient students maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details. They continually evaluate the reasonableness of their intermediate results.
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    Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
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    Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.


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