Equal Groups Task Cards
Balancing concrete (manipulatives) & abstract thinking skills (pencil and paper) can be quite difficult in the elementary classroom. Not everyone is at the same stage, which is why math centers and small groups at a table with you is the best type of math instruction. However, what is "terrific" and what you can fit into your schedule are two different things! :)
I have a set of Equal Groups Task Cards at TpT that have 36 different task cards, the first 18 ask the students to draw the equal groups and the last 18 ask them to count the equal groups and include a final answer. I have included two different recording sheets, one has #1 to #18 and the other has #19 to #36. If you students are advanced enough to complete all 36 task cards in one day, you can copy the recording sheets front to back for one answer sheet.
This activity can give you a terrific assessment grade for the week or, completely different, you can use the cards to remediate with a couple of students in your small group using manipulates and white boards. The possibilities are endless!