I really want my students to be thoughtful about their learning, so I made a page for them to keep track of what they’ve completed. You may notice that my binder and the Completed Tasks pages are color coded. I just used colorful sticky notes to tab the sections of answer keys. Each of my Fraction Task Card Bundles are color coded. I like to use color to help me stay organized. The kids get a black and white version and I use the color version in the binder and when showing it on the Interactive White Board.
When I started 5th grade this year I had no idea it was going to be the year of fractions. Fractions, fractions, fractions. I’m finding that the time I have for directly teaching fractions is just not enough. So, I’ve been working to find ways to make the most of every moment.
Task cards have the versatility I was looking for.
I print them up on card stock and have a wonderful helper cut them out with the paper cutter.
I’ve hole punched them and hung them at the bottom of a bulletin board within the students reach.
I made a binder of for my Answer Keys so students can check their work when they use them independently.
My Compare Fractions Bundle task cards are all a shade of green.
My Equivalent Fractions Bundle task cards are all shades of blue.
My Add and Subtract Fractions Bundle (with unlike denominators) task cards are all shades of purple.
I haven’t finished and uploaded all the task cards that are in red group but there will be a bundle when they are complete.
You may notice a number in parentheses. My math program gives me the ability to print detailed progress reports that have skills numbered. I have my students track in their journal which skills they’ve passed and which they need help with. I added these skill numbers to this task card record sheet for them so they could make smart choices. I will have them highlight the skills the progress report shows they need.
When I find myself with a bit of extra time, we’ll play scoot with skills I know they need. When they finish their work early than can take a set of cards from the wall to do independently or in small groups.
I want the students to think about whether they were successful, so the back of the binder reminds them how to calculate their percentage.
How are your kiddos doing with fractions?