The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics emphasize the mathematical practices, which should be thoughtfully integrated in appropriate ways, not taught as a separate set of skills. These important habits help define rich mathematical tasks/problems that students can engage in and develop mathematical literacy.
The following task cards are an engaging way to utilize the mathematical practices in the classroom, as students encounter rich tasks and problems. They can be used before and/or after working on a problem.
Each task card contains a prompt. Each card is labeled with the number that corresponds to the mathematical practice in the Common Core Standards:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.