Print, Cut and Go
Using a fun detective theme, these task cards go through 30 different common word problem phrases. This is one of those topics, in my opinion, that should be reviewed at least once a year in grades 3 through 8. Personally, I review it twice a year; once before the first word problem intensive unit of the year and then again before state testing.
Each card has a phrase on it and two answer options. If working at a center or in small groups,students can just say their answer. If using as task cards as a replacement for a worksheet on the topic, have students number their paper and write their answers. Obviously, you don’t have to use all the cards. Just pull the number you have time for that day.
My students of all levels enjoy task cards For whatever reason, they will do task cards without complaining but aren’t thrilled when they are given a worksheet. These are great for small groups because they let you quickly identify any misconceptions on the topic.
What I really like about task cards are their versatility. You can use them as a replacement for a worksheet, for a center (Yes, I recommend centers for older students. Try it!), file folder activity or even create a bulletin board with them. You can use them for a scavenger hunt, or to be passed around as a class or as an assignment for review, remediation or early finishers.
The key is provided at the end of the file. I’ve also included a grade scale for you to display in case your students grade their own work.