Students use a given math problem to strengthen
their mental math skills. They can record ANYTHING about the problem, or how to solve it...EXCEPT the actual answer itself.
60 total prompts:
10 multi-step problems
2 blank for student and teacher created
This activity encourages students to think! When you first begin this in your classroom, your student will need lots of encouragement to think outside the box. You will be amazed at their growth and thinking as time goes on. It is also a wonderful way to keep so many skills sharp and in
use after you have taught them: rounding and estimating, expanded form, less than/greater than, equalities, distributive property, order of operations....whatever skill(s) you wish to focus on. I am always amazed at some of the things my students come up with...I know you will be too!
This activity can be completed as a whole group (suggested the first few times you do it) in small cooperative groups, or individually.
Even if a particular problem seems too easy or too difficult, students benefit from telling you all they know about the problem. It causes students to really thin about math! The how and the why are just as important!
The real magic to this activity is after students fill in their web and share, or as you are filling it out if you do it as a whole group. If you are looking for more ways to incorporate math talk into your classroom, this is it.
Please Note: There is no answer key to go along with these problems. Answers vary by student/class.