This activity was developed for a teacher whose students were having trouble distinguishing between "divide into groups of 5" and "divide into 5 groups...." To help with this, I designed these task cards for her students; working in pairs, they selected a card from a bowl, which could say things like "use 15 pennies: divide them into groups of 3" or "use 15 pennies; divide them into 3 groups." On their "record sheet," the students have a space to draw their solution and then write the equation which describes the situation below it.
There's also an option to "do it yourself," which is make your own division card.
The cards come in two versions : one set uses pennies, the other uses cubes.
Check it out! How bad can it be for $2.01? Heck, you could put it in a folder for a substitute to keep the kids working while you're away!