When students are ready to start solving word problems related to a specific math standard, create an assignment for them using the activity bank and/or your own resources. Have students work individually to create a thinklet and submit it to you and the class when they're finished. Once everyone has submitted their thinklets (this could take one to two class periods), allow students to provide feedback for at least one of their classmates. If students are going to create videos of their solutions, be sure to review any necessary guidelines and instructions. Students should have a relatively quiet space in which to make their recordings. If the number of devices is limited, students can work in small groups to create their thinklets.Continue reading Show less
CueThink introduces students to "thinklets," which are stepped-out solutions to math problems. Each thinklet guides students through four steps for solving problems: Understand, Plan, Solve, and Review. When students sign in to their accounts, they can view teacher-generated assignments and any thinklets they have in progress. Students can use tools, including a highlighter and a scratch pad, as they work through each step of the process. In the Solve step, they can even create a video to show their solution. When students finish a thinklet, they can share it with their teacher and classmates, giving others a chance to see their solutions and provide feedback.
There is a comprehensive Educator mode with a teacher dashboard. When using a Web browser, teachers can easily toggle between Educator and Student modes. The dashboard allows teachers to add students manually using classroom invitations. Teachers can create assignments with deadlines and can view both in-progress and completed student work. Teachers also have access to a bank of Common Core-aligned activities created by CueThink developers as well as by vetted users. The CueThink Problem Bank includes free Problem of the Week (PoW) scenarios as well as access to content bundles for an additional fee. To search for activities, enter one or more grades, and the search engine finds activities that correlate to Common Core standards based on the desired topics and grade(s) selected.
CueThink is a fantastic way to engage students and make math come alive in the classroom. Students learn to use effective problem-solving strategies and collaboration, which are valuable skills for any discipline. It's extremely empowering for students to be able to create stepped-out solutions and share them with others, while providing feedback for their classmates' solutions. It would be great to see a larger bank of activities. However, as the user community grows and more educators share their ideas, the resources will likely continue to grow as well. A student reward system is lacking, but the concept of having kids create and share thinklets is a terrific way to promote deep learning and build students' critical-thinking skills.
Key Standards Supported
Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions.
Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales.
Expressions And Equations
Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine the rate of change and initial value of the function from a description of a relationship or from two (x, y) values, including reading these from a table or from a graph. Interpret the rate of change and initial value of a linear function in terms of the situation it models, and in terms of its graph or a table of values.
Measurement And Data
Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths. Multiply fractional side lengths to find areas of rectangles, and represent fraction products as rectangular areas.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Ratios And Proportional Relationships
Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?
Represent proportional relationships by equations. For example, if total cost t is proportional to the number n of items purchased at a constant price p, the relationship between the total cost and the number of items can be expressed as t = pn.