So this month for Workbasket Wednesday I wanted to share a quick and easy math work task. Recently someone asked for math tasks for “higher” learners that were self-checking. And I admit they are hard to find. However, it made me think of this task that is so easy I made it out of supplies I found in my hotel. Seriously! Because I forgot to bring them with me!
So, if you have students who are working on any type of math problem, You will love this one. All you need are envelopes and paper. Put math problems on the outside of the envelopes. Put the answers on sheets of paper. Then the students have to match the answer to the problem. Here are some reasons why I really like this task (besides being so stinkin’ easy!).
Advantages of this Math Work Task
- They have to put the paper in the envelope, so it’s also an office and fine motor task.
- While it isn’t completely self-checking, they have to match all the answers to a problem. So if they like things to match up, it checks itself.
- You can easily differentiate it by the math problems you choose. You could do just addition, single digits. You could do complex multiplication with carrying. Or you can mix up the math problems with all the operations so they really have to attend to the signs.
- Finally you could add calculator skills to it easily by making the problems ones they are working on with the calculator.
- You could also have them write the answers and put them in the envelope (but then you lose the semi-self-checking component).
So, this is one you can make right out of your office supplies and hit a number of different learning areas in the process. It’s so easy, if your students are working on this skill it only makes sense to try it. You can also laminate the envelopes to make them last, but that’s completely optional.
Oh, and if you don’t have envelopes with windows, no problem. I actually only used them because they were what the hotel had. They added the ability to see the answer easily, but they aren’t a requirement.
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