Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Middle School Math Card Sorts - Grade 6

Do you want your students to deepen their understanding? 

What are your students struggling with in math?


Getting students from struggling to mastery doesn't happen over night. Growing their understanding is a process. Card sorts are a great activity to get your students thinking about the why's and how's of the math. Students make sense of word problems and the steps to solve them.    


Middle School Math Card Sorts


Having students work with partners on card sort activities helps create math talk. When students are verbal about math, they are better able to sort through their understanding and draw a conclusion. The card sort picture above is of an sixth grade sort called Integer Cut and Paste Activity. Students start with a problem and work through all the information provided. The goal is to get students to find and solve integer problems. The process in getting there is broken down into manageable scaffolded steps for students. Students have to find the opposite of the integer in the word problem. Students then create a number line to show the value of the integers. Each card sort activity goes through the process of math discovery to mastery. The lesson units are intended to help you assess how well students are able to understand each grade level standard. 

Included in each lesson are:


  • Directions, grade level common core standards, and mathematical practices

  • Formative assessment (pre-test) task

  • Card sort activity with concept development 

  • Extension activity for students to deepen their understanding

  • Summative assessment (post-test) task

  • Answer keys for all the assessments and activities

Get your students thinking and mastering more math concepts this year. Engage your students in a math sort to deepen their understanding. Students can work independently alone or in groups to accomplish the tasks. Watch as your students go from struggling to mastery of math. 

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