A small group activity focused on choosing the right operation to solve problems.
In small groups, students sort problems according to the operation. Each problem contains the same numbers – 205 and 8 – and some contain the numbers 3 or 12. Using the same numbers forces students to use the context to choose the operations rather than guess the operation based on 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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