I am slightly behind posting and I am about to go out to eat with the family. So, I will keep this short and sweet (which is kinda my style anyway). I want to share a new constructed math tasks resource I have been using with my students to improve their performance on math constructed response tasks.
How I Use Math Constructed Response
I created math constructed response tasks for each math Common Core Math standard (4th and 5th grades are available). Once a week or once every other week depending on the skill, my students complete a math constructed response task like the ones below.
This example is an adding and subtracting mixed number skill. The task has three problems that go along with one another. The student needs the answer from the first problem to solve the second and the third. This is a skill my students struggle with and completing several examples of math constructed response tasks with similar problems has definitely helped.
Benefits of Resource
To be honest, my students really struggled with these at first because each task contains multiple steps for the students to complete. As mentioned before, some of the steps build on the one before it and some stand alone. Seeing the difference between the two types of tasks has been a point of frustration for many of my students. However, these tasks are definitely helping by exposing them to a variety of problems and situations.
The aspect of this resource that I love the most is that each task includes a task specific rubric for easy scoring and reporting. When I return their tasks to them after scoring, I also give them the rubric that was used to score the task. We spend about 10-15 minutes in class going over the task and the rubric. The students use this time to reflect on their work and make goals for the next math constructed response task. I am seeing huge improvements in their confidence and performance with these tasks.
Check out the 4th and 5th grade bundles by clicking on your grade level below.