In third grade, mathematically proficient students know that doing mathematics involves solving problems and discussing how they solved them. Students need practice to explain to themselves the meaning of a problem and look for ways to solve it.
These task cards were developed to give the students in my own classroom practice in developing critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies when faced with a word problem. Students will have practice with a variety of multiplication and division situations when the product is unknown, group size is unknown or the number of groups is unknown.
Bridging the gap between the on and above grade-level reader and the student who struggles in reading, especially in math, is always a challenge when word problems are involved. These task cards will allow all levels of students to have practice and build success when solving real-world situations in word problems.
Students will develop an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division of whole numbers through the use of word problems involving equal-sized groups and arrays. For equal-sized group situations, division will require finding the unknown number of groups or the unknown group size.
This set of cards focuses on multiplication and division strategies when faced with a word problem. There are 18 Practice Problem Task Cards that can be used in a small group or with paired students to discuss and solve. The 12 Challenge Problem Task Cards can be used in a center to challenge students to dig deeper.
I have included two example posters for possible solutions. Also included is a Recording Sheet and two Answer Keys for all problems.
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