A small group activity focused on choosing the right operation to solve one-step problems.
In small groups, students read a problem card and secretly write the operation on a whiteboard. Then “1-2-3-Show!” They show their operations and discuss why they are correct. After deciding the operation for each problem, students work together to solve the problems. Each of the problems uses the numbers 1,164, 30, and 6. This forces students to choose the operation based on the structure of the problem instead of the size of the numbers.
8 problems on cards and a problem-solving recording sheet.
Use in small groups, during guided math, during tutoring or intervention, and in centers.
This activity includes clear and concise teacher directions, problems on cards, a recording sheet, and conversation starters that give students what they need to have meaningful academic discussions.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
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 unkn...
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangul...
Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explai...
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