Order of Operations….. A procedure that my students need to memorize in order to be successful in algebra and higher secondary math.
These task cards are designed to help my students practice while I work with small groups in the back. My students can complete the work and then use the iPad to scan the QR codes. The QR codes link the students to a sheet with my work. If they make a mistake, they have the answer and all the work shown to compare and figure out where they went wrong to correct the mistake. This provides instant feedback from me, even though I am not beside them. It’s like cloning myself!!!
The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional). I went ahead and laminated them so that I can reuse these year after year. These task cards have both regular problems and test prep problems. If you would like to see them or use them –click here to find them in my store. I am super excited about using these again with my students next week!
Work shown step by step so students can check their work!
Long Division….. The thought makes some people cringe in horror or shiver with remembering all of those hours practicing over and over that same method.
In 5th grade, our job is to bridge that gap between concrete understanding in elementary school to the abstract understanding required in junior high. Traditional algorithms are taught while also still allowing students to choose their method to solve real world problems. One of the ways I like to practice, is by using task cards.
I have 84 minutes to teach math each day (which is super exciting coming from 45 before) and my students work in a math workshop setting. Whole group usually lasts about 20 min while students use the rest of the time to rotate through stations. Since I am teaching a small group in the back of the room, I need stations that are set up to run independently which is why I created these task cards.
These task cards are cut out and printed on card stock. I then laminate them so I can use them for multiple classes and groups. The students use notebook paper to work out each problem and check their answers. Students use an iPad to quickly scan the QR code, and it takes them to a photo image which contains the problem worked out on white boards along with the correct answer. They can then check their answer and if they did something wrong, they can see exactly where they messed up.
I am in the process of designing additional cards to be used for different areas including multiplication and decimals.
This is an example of one of my long division cards. 1/2 of the cards have no remainders, while the other 1/2 of the cards have remainders in which the students have to figure out how to interpret based on the real world scenario that is provided. Currently, I have cards with 1 and 2 digit divisors, decimal division, multiplication and expressions
If you would like to check out these task cards, I have a free sample version (contains 8 cards) on my teachers pay teachers website –click here.
The full version of the 1 digit divisor (containing 24 cards) is also on my site that islisted here . and the full version of the 2 digit divisor (containing 24 cards) is listed here. I would love to hear what you think if you try these out in your classroom or home school. They are designed for 4th/5th grade but can be used at other grades to enrich or for remediation.
Full Version- 2 Digit Divisor
Full version – 1 Digit Divisor
Full version with 24 task cards!
Task card printed in black and white, laminated on color paper.
If color copies are an issue (we don’t have a color copier at our school,) then you can print the cards out and glue them onto colored paper. Not nearly as pretty as colored but are effective none the less.
During the normal school day, I teach 5 classes of middle school math. (This is the part where everyone gets excited and says WHOO HOO!! GO MATH!)
But I love to read and have a pretty awesome classroom reading library. I collect from everywhere, garage sales, flea markets, book stores, Scholastic, you get the idea. However, I don’t have time to manage the books throughout the school year. So…
In my homeroom class, I have a couple of librarians, these rotate out regularly, and they are the ones who manage the library. I keep a clipboard in the reading area with several pages of a checkout sheet and also a book return tub next to it. The checkout sheet contains places for my students to write their name, date, title and class period. There is also a return date column on the end. This sheet helps streamline my librarians work. They usually highlight the books returned and they know exactly who hasn’t returned a book.
Since doing this, I have reduced my amount of workload as well as keeping my books (they were walking off because I couldn’t take care of it.) The kids love the responsibility and look forward to their rotation of being the librarian.
A copy of the sheet & label for my tub that I use can be found here…
This game is a fun game that reinforces evaluating order of operations with various grouping symbols. Designed for 5th grade, the game contains 20 problem cards, 20 answers cards. and directions for 3 different ways to play. Students can choose which game they would like to play or a teacher can vary the game based on needs of students.
May play with 2 – 4 players. I printed the cards off on card stock and laminated them to make them more durable to use year after year.
It is currently on my store at the following site. A great review for 6th grade and works as a homeschool game, a whole class game or a math center file folder game.
Place Value and Large Numbers – both give some of my students anxiety at the beginning of the year. We usually spend a couple of days reviewing previous knowledge of large numbers to the thousands place, while moving that knowledge along to the millions, billions and trillions.
This game was designed for my students to play while in small groups. The goal is a fun way for them to review and practice reading and comparing large numbers.
In this game, students take turns rolling dice. Each dice roll, gives the students a number to be placed in one of their empty place value positions. They can then put this number anywhere they want while also trying to figure out where it would give them the smallest or largest value, depending on the variation of the game.
Included in this game are directions for three different variations; partners competing to see who builds the largest number, smallest number or reads it correctly. There is also a score sheet at the end.
In round 1, student each roll the dice 4 times, trading turns between each roll, to build a number to the thousands place. If the teacher tells the students to get the largest number, the student whose number has the largest value will win the round and receive 1 point while their partner earns 0 points. As an added bonus, I tell my students they must also read their number out loud correctly to their partner.
The rounds are designed to increase in difficulty as the game progresses. In round 1 students are playing to the thousands place, however rounds 4-10 they are playing to the millions place. My 5th graders loved it this year and it provided a great way to review those place value skills.
This is a free game on my teachers pay teachers store. All you need to do… Add dice!