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Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything!

For that reason, I try hard to sprinkle in a variety of problems all year that require students to think and apply what they have learned—perhaps draw a picture or make a table to help . . . but, most importantly, to THINK about math. I hope you find these useful!

You can use this to teach a mini unit on problem solving or simply use them throughout the year to improve math thinking! The problems are written in such a way that third graders should be able to access them—perhaps (if needed) with the support of pictures, manipulatives, or teamwork. 4th graders should be able to handle them independently. They are great problems for students to work on persevering, for deciding which operation to use, and for sharing different solution strategies. Note that all of these problems have an “EXTRA” component that can be required or optional as well—it is a “part 2” of the problem which requires students to do another layer of problem solving.

The 20 problems included require students to use all four operations to solve problems where the “variable” moves. These problems are geared for students in grades 3 and 4 and stress operations using smaller numbers—and the algebra thinking required when the variable moves. This is a critical part of the Common Core and other rigorous stae standards. EACH problem has an “extra” component…perfect for helping you differentiate! Students can either do just the main problem—or can do “part two” for a bigger challenge! Also, students are asked to write the matching number sentence/equation for each problem. This is a great way for students to show their thinking.

Answers are included as are three rubrics to use to help in scoring the Standards for Mathematical Practice! Cards are included in both color and low-ink, black and white versions for ultimate flexibility. There are blank recording sheets that can be used for students to track their work, or they can simply do their work in a notebook. Watch for many other sets available on a variety of topics and at many grade levels.

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This set of task cards is a version of THIS RESOURCE for people who prefer the problems in task card format. If you already own this resource, please know that the problems are the SAME but in a new format! If you prefer having the problems in three different formats, check the link above to see if that resource better suits your needs!

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