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Mental Math Task Cards Multi Step Number Sense Critical Creative Thinking Sample

Are you an elementary teacher looking for engaging mental math activities? Our best-selling Mental Math Task Cards offer 12 fun, critical-thinking tasks that build number sense. It’s a valuable tool for 3rd to 6th graders and comes with print and digital options. Try our $1 sampler and get your money back with our coupon for the full version. Make math practice effective and fun with Minds in Bloom!


12 Task Cards + Digital Versions
PDF, Google Apps™
Answer Key Included


Mental math is a great way for kids to stretch their brains by solving math problems without pencils, paper, or calculators. Here are 12 engaging task cards from our best-selling Mental Math Task Cards for plenty of mental math practice!

This sampler gives you a taste of our comprehensive critical thinking and number sense activities, which promise to make learning engaging and effective. ‌

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  • 12 Task Cards (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • Google Slides – Short Answer
  • Google Slides – Whole Class Presentation (shows one step at a time)
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Card to extend the lesson

Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade!

This resource is a sample of our best-selling Mental Math Task Cards!

NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable.

There are a few ways to use these cards:

  • Teacher Led – The teacher or a student leader reads a card out loud, line by line, giving time for students to mentally calculate each new step. Students then show their answers either with their fingers or by writing on individual white boards or tablets. This makes it easy for the teacher to quickly assess student answers. Alternatively, students could use one of the provided student answer sheets and the class could correct together, or if being used as an assessment, turn in for grading.
  • In Pairs – Students take turns reading cards to each other. If you want students to record their answers, you could use one answer sheet and have one student do the odds and the other do the evens.
  • Individually – Students work with each card on their own, recording answers on one of the provided answer sheets.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying about Mental Math Task Cards:

✏️ “My high achievers loved this activity. They don’t always like to show their work so this provided them with opportunities to showcase their math skills. I think I learned a thing or two as well.” -Jen P.

✏️ “I purchased this resource to use when we are back in the classroom BUT, I found myself using these cards during our small group Zoom calls. It requires the students to actively listen to the clues and come up with reasoning. I absolutely love this resource!!!” -Erin B.

✏️ “This product is a fantastic resource for 3rd-grade students that allows them to stretch their mathematical thinking. The flexibility in how these cards can be used means they can adapted for various classroom activities both independently and whole group.” -Lisa W.



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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.

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13 reviews for Mental Math Task Cards Multi Step Number Sense Critical Creative Thinking Sample

  1. cassie E.

    This was very engaging and the student’s benefitted from it. I will use it again.

  2. Maria A.

    This is a great resource for math centers.

  3. Buyer

    great thank you

  4. Cynthia O.

    My students LOVED doing this activity.

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  6. Rhonda H.

    My students loved using this resource. Thank You!

  7. Kristine L.

    Love, love these! Thank you. Will be purchasing the complete set!

  8. Steaming Through Math and Science

    So easy to use!

  9. Tammy S.

    Awesome task cards thanks

  10. Buyer

    Great resource!

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