A teacher-facilitated activity that helps students learn which operation to use in a word problem.
In this ‘human’ sort, the teacher poses a problem, students work with their partners to decide which operation to use and why. Then ‘1 – 2 – 3! the spokesperson for each team move to the corner of the room with the operation posted their team agreed on. The spokesperson discusses why the team chose the operation. Spokespersons change for each problem so no one is in the hot seat for too long. Once the class agrees on the operations, teams work together to solve each problem.
8 problems, operations signs, and spokesperson labels
Use with the whole class, in small groups, during guided math, tutoring, or intervention.
This activity includes clear and concise teacher directions, problems to be projected, operations signs, spokesperson labels, an answer key, and conversation starters that give students what they need to have meaningful academic discussions.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
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.
Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.2 Examples: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 × 5 × 2 can be found by 3 × 5 = 15, then 15 × 2 = 30, or by 5 × ...
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 roundi...
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
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