These cards are a great way to hold all students accountable for participating in math class in a fun and organized way. Teachers can hand out the differently labeled cards randomly or strategically (Example: students with highest support needs might receive the blue "H" card while students with the lowest need for support might receive the green "M" card. The color coding of the cardstock and the bold print helps the teacher see from a distance which student has which letter or number so he or she can plan the activity accordingly.
In my classroom I use these participation cards at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a unit to preview, practice, or review math concepts. I provide all students with a problem or question, give them time to collaborate with their partners, and then call on a specific letter/number to ask the student who has that card in each group to verbally or visually share the answer, strategy, ideas, and or questions that came up in their group's conversation or work. Students do not know which letter or number I will call out until AFTER they have been given time to work with their partners. Therefore, even if a student is not able to come up with an answer independently, he or she has the opportunity to listen to and then share out their partners' ideas. This activity builds students' confidence, encourages accountable talk (listening and speaking), and assess understanding of math concepts and skills.
These M-A-T-H and 1-2-3-4 Participation Cards can be printed single-sided or double-sided. In my classroom these cards are printed double-sided on colored cardstock, laminated, and cut. (Example the "M" card and "1" card are printed double-sided on green cardstock, the "A" card and "2" card are printed double-sided on yellow cardstock, etc.