Task Cards helped my students rock their test on combining like terms. Let me explain- In my school we have a set aside time for reteach- giving students more time to show mastery on a concept that they don’t quite have when they take the first class formative assessment. I was working with a group of 7th grade students who were close to mastery, but not quite there yet. None of them had passed the Combining Like Terms test on the first go around. This group of students weren’t in my regular class, and this was the only time that I would work with this particular group. So, I had to make sure that the learning activities we did wouldn’t require a lot of explanation or routines needing to be set up.

Over the course of 4 days we had 47 minutes each day to get students to mastery with combining like terms. I needed activities that were engaging, hands on, and that would help them get both the conceptual understanding and the repetitions of good practice that they needed. On our final day working with this concept I brought out the task cards, and boy was I happy with how they worked for students. [Read more…] about Combining Like Terms with Distributive Property: Task Cards in Action