Hopefully you had a chance to read my 1st post on Got Tasks. I featured two resources that would be helpful in gathering great tasks to use in your classroom. This is part 2 of a 3 part post.
How do you know when something is a good math task? Posing well developed math tasks to your students involves:
- ensuring that the task is directed to the essential math content and is aligned to the standards.
- the task revolves around interesting problems with multiple solutions.
- the task provides multiple opportunities for rich math discourse.
- the task builds upon student understanding
- the task provides opportunities for students to choose a variety of tools to solve them.
By now you are probably asking yourself, where can I find tasks that would fit the characteristics named above. Well, I have several resources that may help you. Check out the resources below for a brief description.
This website provides unit tasks for grades Kindergarten – 5th. Once you click on the link, select your grade level. Great things about this resource include:
- There are unit frameworks with at least 10 tasks or activities per unit.
- Within each unit, you will find an overview, strategies for teaching, tasks that include suggestions for differentiation.
- The task are easy to follow and have clear directions for implementation.
Check out a sample 4th Grade task for the Adding & Subtracting Fraction Unit.
2) Math Wire
The website showcases standards-based math activities. The link will allow you to select a math domain. Once you select the domain you will find:
- Links to games and activities to support the particular math cluster.
- Problem solving activities to support the cluster
- Free Downloadable files with activities, games and some intervention activities.