I used this task to continue our 5th grade discussion about multiplying fractions. Prior to this talk frame, our class discussed the difference between multiplying whole numbers and multiplying fractions, and explored why fractions multiplied together result in a fraction that contains smaller pieces. Students struggled with the deeper conceptual understanding of why, and this talk frame supported that discussion.
Microsoft Word version: 5_NF_FractionsMultiplication_Problem_Construct_AngelasIdea
PDF version: 5_NF_FractionsMultiplication_Problem_Construct_AngelasIdea
This task is an argument frame for fifth graders on rounding decimals. Students are given a problem on the price of roast beef per pound and two sample answers on rounding either the price or number of pounds bought to estimate a final cost. Through the graphic organizer, students have a place to provide the details of their decision of which of the given students are closer to the actual price through the argument frame.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_Rounding_ArgumentFrame_Critque
PDF version: 5_OA_Rounding_ArgumentFrame_Critque
This task is a think-pair-share activity designed for fifth graders learning about properties of numbers, specifically odd numbers. Students are given a statement about odd numbers and must determine whether they agree or disagree with the statement. A template is given for students to make a claim and provide an argument to back the claim. Students must then consult with a partner and compare arguments. Students will use knowledge of the properties of both odd and even numbers.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_PropertyOddEvenSums_ThinkPairShare_Critique
PDF version: 5_OA_PropertyOddEvenSums_ThinkPairShare_Critique
This task is a multi-digit multiplication problem addressing the associative property for fifth-grade students. Students are given the statement 22 x (36 x 5) = (22 x 36) x 5, and after examining both expressions, are given two questions to critique. Scaffolded questions are provided with argumentation language to break down the problem and address the associative property.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_PropertyAssociative_Problem_Critique
PDF version: 5_OA_PropertyAssociative_Problem_Critique
Kelly’s Solution is a multi-digit multiplication problem in which fifth grade students are asked to crtique the work of a student. The student work highlights a common error of forgetting to leave a place holder when multiplying by the ten’s place during multiplication. Students must recognize the student’s error by examining the work shown, correcting the error, and providing the correct answer to the problem.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_MultiplicationMultiDigitAlgorithm_Problem_Critique_KellysSolution
PDF version: 5_OA_MultiplicationMultiDigitAlgorithm_Problem_Critique_KellysSolution
This task is an argument frame for fifth graders on multiplication. Students are given a problem on collecting a number of acorns a day for a week and two solutions, one solving the problem by using groups and multiplying by seven and the other by adding the number of acorns collected a day seven times. Through the graphic organizer, students have a place to provide the details of their critique of the solutions, such as their claim, evidence, and warrants.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Critique
PDF version: 5_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Critique
Ted and JP is a task designed for fifth graders in working on division and estimation. A problem is presented in which students must estimate a quotient, and students must critique two estimations and decide which is better. This requires students to critically think about how to make a good estimation. Students must state which estimation is better and explain the answer.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_EstimationDivision_Problem_Critique_TedAndJP
PDF version: 5_OA_EstimationDivision_Problem_Critique_TedAndJP
Jake’s Idea is a problem for fifth graders on division with remainders. Students are given a statement that a four-digit number will have a remainder when being divided by 4 and must take a stance. Through argumentation language, students must critique the statement and give evidence to support their claim.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_DivisionRemainders_Problem_Critique_JakesIdea
PDF version: 5_OA_DivisionRemainders_Problem_Critique_JakesIdea
Dot Pattern is a scaffolded task in which students must create an expression to represent the number of dots in a figure at any given point in a pattern. Students are given a visual representation of the first three figures and asked to think about how the figures change each time, and how the next figures would look. Ultimately, students will generate an algebraic expression to represent any figure. Students must construct an argument in order to explain why an expression works and where it comes from.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_AlgebraPatterns_Problem_Construct_DotPattern
PDF version: 5_OA_AlgebraPatterns_Problem_Construct_DotPattern
Getting There is a problem created for fifth graders on adding numbers in different combinations. Students are given a distance a frog hops in three hops and a set of questions asking them about three numbers that will add up to the distance. The task provides a variation to include more argumentation language, specifically to explain their thinking, as they construct a response.
Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_AdditionCombinations_Problem_Construct_GettingThere
PDF version: 5_OA_AdditionCombinations_Problem_Construct_GettingThere