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Differentiated Spring Algebra Thinking Task Cards GOOGLE EDITION

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This set of 40 word problems (20 different problems, each at 2 levels) supports the Common Core and other rigorous state standards. Also available in a print format HERE, this version has all the same problems in a fun, digital slide show format! If you are a person who is using Google and are either projecting work or sharing work to students on computers or Chromebooks, this resource is perfect for you! Are you looking to engage your students? This is a great way to incorporate technology, save paper resources, and deliver quality instruction.

Each problem appears on a different slide. Once you get the file, you make a copy of it (SO easy to do with Google!) and then you are free to get creative! Assign the whole deck to students to work on over the course of a unit. Cut out a small number of slides to share with an intervention group. Assign a certain number of cards to the class to do as a part of a math workshop or guided math station. The sky is the limit--and because it's Google, students can even work at home! The best part? The twenty problems each come at two levels...the blue cards focus on numbers that utilize basic facts or can easily be solved with a simple drawing. The gold cards are slightly more sophisticated and require regrouping and other higher level skills. These cards are perfect for third and fourth grades.

Problems are either spring themed or other “kid friendly” topics...certainly can be used all year without students even realizing the theme! Note that students are encouraged to write coordinating “number sentences” to really understand how algebra thinking asks them to move the “variable”. It is recommended that you teach multiple ways to show the variable…an empty box, a question mark, and letters as typically seen in algebra. They can do it!

The Common Core clearly states that students should be able to solve a variety of real-world math problems where the “variable” moves to different locations in the number sentence. Refer to pages 88 and 89 (Tables 1 and 2) for further clarification. For differentiation, these problems are all created with 2 sets of numbers—students or teachers can choose the level of challenge. More challenging numbers have a *. All four operations are used.

Download the preview to learn more about this resource and how you would be able to use it with YOUR students! Directions to print the cards to turn them into perfect task cards are also included. Reproducible recording sheets are included as part of the teacher directions. Directions for how to use "One Drive" are also included.


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All rights reserved by ©The Teacher Studio. Purchase of this problem set entitles the purchaser the right to reproduce the pages in limited quantities for single classroom use only. Duplication for an entire school, an entire school system, or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without written permission from the author at fourthgradestudio@gmail.com. Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.

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