What a great time of the year to practice Evaluate Expressions skills with Halloween-themed task cards!
There are 20 task cards included in this set that includes parentheses, brackets, and exponents. An Answer Recording Sheet with a step-by-step Answer Key as well as a final-answer Answer Key are included which makes it easier for you to check students' work. Or, you can print them out for students' self-evaluation! Students love task cards in centers, but they are also great for cooperative groups or pairs and whole class activities. Cut them out and laminate them to keep for use each Halloween season.
Here are some great ideas for use:
-Post cards around the classroom walls and have students walk around the room solving them. (This was an idea from another purchaser that was a hit with students!)
-Randomly pass out task cards to students making sure the same card is given to at least two students (you’ll need to make two sets of the task cards). When students finish, they will pair up with other student(s) with same card and compare answers.
-Give students a sticky note and randomly pass out cards. Have students put their name on back of sticky and solve expression on front. As they finish, have them place their sticky on board under the problem number they’ve solved (you’ll have prepared the location prior to assignment).
-For morning work, place cards upside down in a basket and have students pick one card from basket to complete. (I’ve stood by the door with the basket and had them pick a card as they enter the classroom.)
Evaluate Expressions skills are aligned with the 5th and 6th grade Math State Standards and would also be excellent for use with advanced 4th graders as well as a review for 7th graders.
This activity aligns with State Math Standards:
5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
6.EE.A.2 Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole-number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).