Word Problem Clues: Task Cards/Center/Activity

Word Problem Clues: Task Cards/Center/Activity
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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.

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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.
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.
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.
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30 minutes
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