Problem Solving Grades 4 and 5 - Monster Math - Distance Learning

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These monster cards are wonderful and definitely require attention to detail in determining the proper operations/variables to use and when. They are also quite entertaining!
This really helped my students understand how to balance equations in the operations and algebraic thinking standard.


Looking for some GREAT and challenging math word problems and algebraic thinking task cards to go with a monster unit, Halloween, or just for fun? These monster task cards may be just what you are looking for!

The goal? To get students thinking deeply about math and recognizing that they can use patterns, guess and check, and other strategies to help them understand! This is basic computation—but using the brain in an entirely different way than a fill-in-the-blank worksheet.

You get TWO types of problems in this set!

Cards 1-12: Multi-step, differentiated word problems that ask students to make sense of the problem and use a variety of strategies to solve them. Fast finishers?

Have them do part 2!

Cards 13-24 These balance cards are perfect to develop algebraic thinking! Students need to use the information given to keep the scale balanced while figuring out how much each type of monster weighs. See the sample card for coaching help if you need it!


  • Full color cards that are perfect to project
  • 4 per page color task cards for printing as task cards
  • 4 per page black and white task cards for printing on colored paper or using in notebooks

Answers are included as are three rubrics to use to help in scoring the Standards for Mathematical Practice! Cards are included in both color and low-ink, black and white versions for ultimate flexibility as well as digital slides. There are blank recording sheets that can be used for students to track their work, or they can simply do their work in a notebook.

There are even blank templates so students can try making up their own problems—a totally different way to use their brains!

Check out the full preview to see more what you get!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.


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