Problem Solving Task Cards: Word Problem Strategies for GOOGLE Distance Learning

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Love this resource. I have used several in each lesson I have done on word problem solving and strategies.


Do your students struggle to solve word problems? Do you struggle to know how to help? This set of digital task cards is like problem solving "professional development"--everything you need to teach 7 key word problem strategies!

This resource came to be because for years I felt that I did not invest enough time in explicitly teaching problem solving strategies. I gave my students a TON of word problems…but I think I made too many assumptions that they had a decent “tool box” of strategies to pull from. This year I vowed to be better…and to start off by modeling and clearly teaching these 7 strategies—in hopes that students would begin to internalize them and draw upon them in future problems. These problems are a fantastic way to work on the Standards for Mathematical Practice!

This set of 49 task cards (7 each for 7 different problem solving strategies) supports rigorous state standards and quality instruction. It is also available in a print format HERE, this version has all the same problems in a fun, digital slide show format! If you are a person who is using Google and are either projecting work or sharing work to students on computers or Chromebooks, this resource is perfect for you! Are you looking to engage your students? This is a great way to incorporate technology, save paper resources, and deliver quality instruction.

Each problem appears on a different slide. Once you get the file, you make a copy of it (SO easy to do with Google!) and then you are free to get creative! Assign the whole deck to students to work on over the course of a unit. Cut out a small number of slides to share with an intervention group. Assign a certain number of cards to the class to do as a part of a math workshop or guided math station. The sky is the limit--and because it's Google, students can even work at home! The best part? These cards are perfect for third and fourth grades.

*Make a list

*Guess and check

*Use objects to model

*Make a table

*Find a pattern

*Work backward

*Draw a picture

Each of the seven strategies listed above is given 5 “teaching” problems. Whether you use these as whole class problem solving experiences, partner problem solving tasks, or individual work, my hope is that you will spend time talking about each strategy and model with the given problems so students can see how YOU use the strategy in different contexts. At the end of the resource are 14 problems that are “unlabeled” and are perfect for independent practice where students select an appropriate strategy to use (and many different strategies may work!) to solve the problem and organize their work. This makes students really think and draw upon what they have learned without being coached.

I strongly recommend you check out the preview to see if this product is right for you!

Rather have it in just a "print and go" format? CLICK HERE for that version.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. 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.
Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.
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.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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