In my last post I mentioned that I would share another way of doing the 'What's the Question?' activity for Halloween and include a special spooky freebie too!
In THIS post I'll outline the preparation, implementation, modeling guide and differentiation tips to using this Halloween activity. However, instructions are included within the download too.
The freebie contains a set of 30 Halloween themed 'What's the Question?' task cards.
• Print pages 4-8 in color or choose gray scale.
• Laminate the printed pages, then cut out the individual cards (six per page).
• Make blank cards out of white/colored paper (Make the size big enough for your students to write a math word problem on). The other option is to use just regular pieces of paper if you don't have the time.
There are 30 cards in this set. Hopefully, that should be enough for at least one card per student. If you have more than 30 students, you’ll need to either make an extra set of cards OR pair students for the activity (one card per pair).
Students pick one card at random and keep their card a secret. On the blank card (or piece of paper) they must create a math word problem that will equal to the answer on the card that they have. For example, “The answer is 9 pumpkins” – They know that the math question they make must equal 9 and be about pumpkins.
Once they finish writing their word problem, they must write their name on the back and either hand back to you, place in a box or get ready to swap with another student.
Give the student made word problems (at random from a box or swapped) to other students. Each student must solve the problem given, and then find the creator of it to see if they answered correctly. Another option is to complete the questions as a class and ‘check in’ with the maker of the word problem to see if it was answered correctly by everyone.
Show them a few examples first!
Modeling how to create a math word problem is recommended before instructing students to do this independently.
Some guided questions could be:
•What must my word problem equal to?
•What math operation will I use?
•Does this equation equal to the number I need?
•What items or characters will be featured in my word problem?
•What will happen to the items or characters in my word problem?
Being Halloween themed, encourage the math word problems to carry on the theme.
Even though the numbers are low, doesn’t mean this is limited to younger students. Challenge higher grades with using division, negative numbers, or create a multi-step word problem.
I hope you and your students enjoy this Halloween Math activity. I plan to make more for future seasonal themes.
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