I’m currently in the process of making more question stacks for my Algebra 1 classes. Every year, students are a bit confused when I introduce the practice structure. Often, they are talking or daydreaming when I am giving the crucial instructions, and they end up wasting a lot of time.
This year, I’ve decided to make a template for students to use with their question stack cards that has the instructions printed on it.
Here’s are the directions I have come up with for walking students through working on a question stack activity.
Question Stack Directions
- Lay out each of the ten cards with the answer side facing up. These cards are your “answer bank.”
- Choose one card to begin with. Flip that card over and place it on the space to the right with the question side facing up.
- Find the answer to the question shown on the card.
- Search your remaining answer cards for the correct answer.
- Place the answer card on top of the card to the right so that the correct answer is facing the original question.
- You should now have a new question showing. Find the answer to that question.
- Continue until you have no more cards remaining in your “answer bank.”
- Flip the stack of cards over to reveal your last question. The answer to this question should be the answer card on the other side of the stack. If this is not the case, you have made a mistake somewhere!
I’ve printed these question stack explanation cards on peach paper and laminated them.
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Now I can use them over and over with various question stack activities throughout the year.
Free Download of Question Stack Explanation Card
Make Your Own Question Stacks
Want to make your own question stack activity? I have created an easy to use printable question stack template that works perfectly every time. All you have to do is add your own questions!
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