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by Kristi Youmans
Add Critical Thinking to your students’ 21st Century Skill Set!
These 48 task cards provide an introduction to higher-level thinking and that keep students on task with challenging activities. The problems require 3 critical thinking strategies – logic, patterns, and combinations. These math standards are incorporated into the problems:
Number and Operations
Data Analysis and Probability
Do one problem as a whole class and then place the cards in learning centers for anchor activities or use as a team game, scoring a point for each problem answered first and/or correctly by the teams.
Some problems may be difficult for younger students to read independently or to solve, so teachers might want to read those problems to students and work through the problems together or in pairs. However difficult the problems may be, these problems are great motivators to start thinking critically for even the youngest students.
Each Problem card has two problems. Cut the cards in half. Laminate and put on a ring or in a folder. Each Answer card has two answers. Cut the cards, and laminate them and put on a ring or in a folder.
Students read the problem on the laminated card and solve it on notebook or other paper. They can then retrieve the answer card, check themselves, and rework problems that need correction.