Hey Teachers! While watching my students solve math problems one morning, I realized that I needed to give the more practice on solving problems in multiple ways, not just the way I tell them to. Viola! “Show Your Thinking” review days evolved! My students love them. I simply post these problems on a half sheet of chart paper (with the problem attached to the top and extra room below for the students to use). I then spread the sheets around the room. Students are broken up into ten groups to allow for some communication and brainstorming. Each group starts at one problem. After a set time, they rotate to the next question. Here is the key. They are not allowed the solve the problem the same way. They must think of another way to solve the problem than the groups that have gone before them. This is where they are pushed to their own limits and outside of their comfort zone (and the love it!). It forces them to think of models, equations, breaking a problem apart, number lines, words, etc. The possibilities are endless! I hope your class enjoys these as much as mine does! It also allows me to rotate around and give help to those groups who need more one-on-one and lets those who can rise to the challenge extend their own learning.
These cards cover:
~word problems with mixed (tenths and hundredths)
~classifying decimals compared to the benchmark, 1/2
~thinking of other ways to write/make a fraction and decimal
I hope your class finds these as useful and enjoyable as mine! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve these for your class.