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# Problem Solving, Computation, Order of Operations Activities

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Here are three math activities that can help your students review problem solving, computation, divisibility, and order of operations. These activities can be used as a center or in small groups.

Have a Ball Problem Solving has eight task cards. These task cards have students perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (1 digit and 2 digit divisors) using multi-digit whole numbers. Some decimals are involved when dealing with money. In addition, these cards include problem solving, finding combinations, and using data to create a question which then gets solved. Some questions have more than one right answer. The level of difficulty varies so differentiate based on the readiness levels of your students.

Beach Ball Round Up is an activity that comes with two different number mats. Students use the numbers on these mats to solve five problems following certain conditions. These conditions placed on their answers require a higher level of thinking and may require some perseverance. Some mathematical vocabulary students may need to review: sum, difference, product, divisible, digit, quotient, and remainder. There are multiple answers for some of these problems. Having two number mats allows students to revisit the task without getting the same answers. In this way, they can fine tune their problem solving strategies.

Be on the Ball…And Hit the Target focuses on order of operations. Students pick four numbers and a target card. Using the four numbers and any combination of operations and symbols students try to match the target. Students can challenge themselves and try to create more than one equation to satisfy each target card. Each round of play changes with different targets and different numbers.

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