# Rational Number Problem Solving Task Cards: Level 16 Compare & Order

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Level 16: Concepts, Skills, and Application

• Compare and order rational numbers

(improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals)

* Convert improper fractions and mixed numbers to decimals

* Compare and order decimals

Contents include; Teachers Guide with 18 two-sided problem solving Task cards (problems on one side / answers on the other) Provide the independent practice and immediate feedback needed for students to develop mastery. \ Recommend printing cards at each level on different colored card stock and laminating. Cards can be printed without answers as needed.

While this program was originally developed to ensure struggling learners met grade level expectations, it has been reformatted over the last ten years to meet the diverse needs of struggling learners as well as gifted students in a mainstream setting. This program in its entirety meets the mandated instructional modifications for SPED and 504 students.

Those task cards that focus on teaching skills in isolation were included to meet the needs of struggling learners that become overwhelmed and shut down when asked to master too much new learning in a single setting. It is better that these students actually master 70% of skills, concepts, and related problem solving applications than master none because they were not allowed time for remediation. Struggling learners are more successful when allowed to focus on first mastering the basic skill or concept in isolation and them taught how to apply learning to problem solving situations. This is especially true when working with students that demonstrate learning deficits in processing, reasoning, or memory.

The task cards have highly proven effective when used as a:

1) Comprehensive self-paced remediation program: After having received a lesson specific to their individual `level, students work problems and check their answers which are on the back of each card. In cases where a student finds an answer is not correct he/she can reference the related Review Cards for a quick independent reteach. After a student has independently answered 3 or 4 problems correctly, he / she can move on to working problems at the next level. Once students feel they have mastered a level they can request to be tested out during the next session. (Testing out on the same day as a skill is practiced / reviewed does not demonstrate mastery.)

2) Individualized Math Center Activity: Students can reference their Review Cards for a mini lessons and then attempt to try and solve related problems on the task cards.

3) Bell Ringer Games: To ensure active participation by all students, this game is best played in groups of 2 or 3. A timer is set for bout 5 minutes. Each student draws a card and works their problem. When all students are finished the cards are turned over and checked. Those students that have solved their problem correctly keep the card as a point. A student that is unable to solve the problem must at least put the problem down on paper. The group must then use their Review Cards to determine what error students that were incorrect made before selecting new cards and continuing. When the timer goes off the student with the most cards wins. To make the game more interesting and increase chances of struggling learners occasionally winning, Uh-Ooh cards can be added. If a student draws one of these cards they must return all of their cars to the bottom of the stack before selecting a card with a problem to solve. Uh-Ooh cards are available for free upload.

Cards are available for purchase by individual level or as bulk multi-level sets divided into 3 parts.

Part 1: Covers all the ESSENTRIAL skills, concepts, and problem solving strategies that should be master by 5th grade which are essential for academic success in middle school and high school.

• Identifying Fractional Parts

• Simplifying Fractions

• Number Lines

• Converting Fractions to Decimals

• Comparing and Ordering Fractions

• Equivalent Fractions

• Proportions

• Related Rigorous Real World Problem Solving

Part 2: (Rational Numbers) Covers all the essential skills, concepts, and problem solving strategies that should be master by 7th grade and are essential for academic success at the secondary level.

• Converting Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

• Comparing / Ordering Mixed Numbers and Improper fractions

• Comparing / Ordering Positive and Negative Fraction

• Converting Fractions to Decimals and Percent

• Number lines

* Positive and negative rational numbers

• Related Rigorous Real World Problem Solving

Part 3: (Positive Rational Number Computations) Covers all the essential skills, concepts, and problem solving strategies that should be master by middle school and are essential for academic success in high school.

• Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

• Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers

• Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers

• Related Rigorous Real World Problem Solving

Upload a free Fraction Problem Solving Mastery Chart

* Review Task Cards: Review cards make great reference notes, homework support, and test prep. With the problem on one side and step-by-step problem solving directions on the back. Students are able to practice their problem solving skills independently and parents are better able to support instruction at home.

* Problem Solving Mini Lessons: These lessons provide students with step-by-step problem solving examples that they can easily reference during the lessons and when working independently. With two worksheets per level students can be provided with homework that exactly matches the day’s lesson. Additional mixed review worksheets provide the reteach and reinforcement needed for mastery.

* Problem Solving Classroom Activities: Scavenger Hunts and Gallery Walks are a fun way to actively engage students in mixed practice activities.

Components can be purchased individually or as bulk sets that we have been reformatting for online sales. More levels related materials will be available weekly.

The purchase of this item entitles the individual teacher to reproduce copies of black-line-master for sue in a single classroom or household. Reproduction for an entire school, district, or home school organization is strictly prohibited. No part can be transmitted to other parties without the written permission of the publisher.

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