Here is a fun way to do word problems with your students that will not only empower them, but also get them to think critically as they create problems. Each of these 32 cards features a different set of parameters that your students must use to create their own story problems. The cards all instruct that the problems they create must be challenging, so you may want to go over what that means for your particular class. Some of the cards are more challenging than others, making this a good set for differentiation.
The easiest way to use these cards is to simply have each student create and solve his or her own problems. An answer sheet is provided for this purpose. However, you could also allow students to create their own word problem task cards to challenge each other. Task card templates are provided (both lined and unlined). You could create a group set, taking one or two cards from each student, or have each student create his or her own set. It would be interesting for students to compare the different problems they come up with for the same parameters. A blank answer key sheet is provided so that students can record the answers to the problems they create.
These cards were made to be printed in color, but will print out fine in gray scale too. They should print out with even margins around the cards; however, because every printer is different, it is possible that you may need to adjust your printer settings. Selecting “actual size” or adjusting the size percentage should do the trick. Cut the cards apart using the dotted guidelines (discarding the bottom strip). Laminate if possible. Another option is to print on cardstock.
Cards can be stored in bins, baggies, folders, or envelopes. You could also punch a hole in one corner and put them all on a ring. These cards will also fit perfectly into a 4×6 photo album.
Contents of this set include:
• Directions and Suggestions
• 32 Task Cards
• Challenge Card
• Student Answer Sheets
• Answer Key
Common Core Standards addressed in this set:
Assuming that students solve the problems they create, the following Common Core Standards are addressed:
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3 Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.D.8 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.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3 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.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Although there are no specific grade 5 Common Core Standards for this product, I still think it would be a beneficial and challenging activity for fifth grade students.
• Task Card Category
• Multi-Step Math Word Problems (grades 3-4)
• Multi-Step Math Word Problems (grades 4-6)
• Division Word Problems: Interpreting the Remainder
• Book Report Projects with Grading Rubrics
• Brain Breaks
Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one teacher in his or her own classroom.