A set of 24 task cards. Students will write numerical expressions from a phrase, write words to explain a numerical expression, and choose correct statements about various numerical expressions. Students will need to identify correct placement of parentheses in many of the tasks as well as identify when parentheses are not necessary.
Common Core Standard
5.OA.A.2 - Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation "add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2" as 2 x (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 x (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
- 24 Task Cards in color
- 24 Task Cards in blackline
- Answer Recording Sheet
- Answer Key
Task cards can be printed in a variety of ways depending on your personal preferences and available materials.
These cards look amazing in color, but also print well in grayscale. For those who must conserve ink/toner (like me), I have included a duplicate set with a blackline border.
Cards hold up best if printed on card stock or construction paper. Another option is to print them on plain paper and glue or laminate them to a heavier paper.
Teaching with Task Cards
Task cards are an awesome alternative to the classic worksheet. Your students will think you are amazing for giving them such fun activities to do.
Just a few of the many ways task cards can be used are:
Play a Game
Games such as Scoot, Boom, and Around the Room are fun ways to use task cards with your students. You can also use the cards to play any generic board game where students must answer a question correctly to be able to roll and move ahead.
Task cards make great centers activities and can be self-checking if you provide access to the answer key.
Small Group or Partner Work
Task card sets can be given to small groups or pairs for students to work on together, and compare answers, or to help one another through the problems.