34 Word Problem Partner Cards
5 Word Problem Cards Without Numbers
36 Number Cards
3 Penguin Paper pages to record work on
Give each student a Penguin Problem Card. Students will then move and find a partner to work with to solve their problems. Students can record their work on the penguin paper or just use a blank piece of paper. When they finish their work they check in with the teacher and justify their answers. Now that this partner pair have finished they select a new penguin problem card and a new math thinking partner and head back to work solving a new problem.
These problems can also be completed as a whole group, used in mini-lessons, or put in a center.
For further active engagement in problem solving give each student one number card. Have them find a partner to work with. Put one of the 5 Word Problem Cards on display and model how to work with a partner to use whatever two number cards you have to solve the problem with. Again, students may use the provided penguin recording sheet or a plain piece of paper. After modeling the process, send students off to work a problem. When they complete their work they will come and check in with the teacher and explain their thinking. After working a problem with one number card they will select a new number and a new partner and begin the process again!
I hope your students enjoy Problem Solving with Penguins!