This set of autumn-themed task cards will challenge your students to apply mathematical thinking, as well as use the skills and strategies they are learning, in order to solve the problems. The mini-stories are kid-friendly and describe familiar scenarios , allowing the students to make personal connections with the content. All you need to do is cut out 4 rectangles per page, , glue to tagboard, and laminate them for a sturdy set of problem solving task cards.
This set includes:
1) An answer key
2) A recording sheet template-you fill in the problem numbers and decide whether you want to make one stapled packet for
continuous use until all 52 problems are completed at a center OR handed out individually with 4 problems at a time as
your students acquire new mathematical skills
3) 52 problems (4 per page) that require knowledge of a large variety of mathematical skills and strategies including, but not limited to: (See TpT description below for the corresponding CCSS the material covers)
Basic through 3 digit- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Understanding of fractions and percentage as they relate whole to part
Conversion (using basic facts up to 12) of fractions to percentage and vice versa
Telling time to 5 minutes
Place value and related number comparison through 1,000
Determining an “average”
interpreting data on a bar graph
time elapse including hours, days, and weeks
“number sense” & the ability to figure out appropriate problem solving strategies presented in a variety of real world situations.
As I created these autumn problem solving scenarios I purposefully added interesting, but non-essential, details and used a variety of questioning strategies that require students to visualize and interpret what the problem is asking rather than following a particular rote formula or looking for predetermined key words.
*This does make these problems more challenging, but I think more instructionally solid, than many story problem worksheets,*
thus preparing our students for the rigorous common core standards we are assisting our students to master. Therefore,
depending on the skill level of your students, I suggest using these problems as the basis for several guided math lessons
with teacher modeling and “think alouds” prior to setting the cards up in an independent math center.
Thank you so much for your interest in my task cards. You may want to take a look at my store, which has a variety of K-5th grade products at:
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Autumn Theme Story Problem Solving Task Cards for 3rd - 5th Grade
by Amy Bratsos
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License