Many of our students see numbers in a very rigid way. These “Can you make it?” activities allow them to explore numbers by composing and decomposing multiple ways! These divergent thinking activities are also called “low floor and high ceiling” tasks. This means, some students may choose quite simple equations to compose a number, while other students will reach more complicated, multi-step algorithms. That makes easy, no-prep differentiation! My students love these challenges! Their enthusiasm is contagious, and before you know it, you will see students making huge progress in their ability to see numbers in new and flexible ways! When our students see numbers flexibly, it will help them to understand algebraic thinking further down the road. It will also make more sense when children learn multiple algorithms for an operation (ex. distributive property, partial products, area models, etc.)
Perfect for a math warm-up activity, learning centers,or sponge time!
Smartboard file with 10 slides and sample solutions
10 worksheets (black and white)
10 worksheets (color)
Directions for using in class