Math = Love: Question Stack Explanation Card

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Question Stack Explanation Card

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 day dreaming 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 what I've come up with:

I've printed them on peach paper and laminated them.

You can download the file here.

Want to see the question stacks I have created thus far and posted on my blog?
Factoring Trinomials
Rationalizing the Denominator
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials in Function Notation
Operations with Radicals
Evaluating Expressions
Rational Expressions
Fraction Operations

More coming soon!


  1. As usual, you have amazing things that you share!

    Now that I am considering moving to a new school and a new country (Turkey), I need to download even more of your files. New country = New standards (going from Common Core/AERO to Cambridge/ICGSE).

    Thanks for continuing to help even us veteran teachers out!

    1. How is(was) your experience in Turkey? Was your school in Istanbul?

  2. Love it! I've done a "seek and solve" with questions/answers posted around the room but I love this alternative!

  3. Love this! I made my first question stack last week using the template you posted on a different blog post. The kids loved it! So many great comments that day - "that was so fun!", "this math is great!", etc. I'm looking forward to making more and will definitely be using this explanation card! I look forward to your blog posts every day. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love this idea! Is there a secret way to organize my answers so that it works out, and I'm guaranteed to have my answer left for every problem that I do?

  5. I love your question stack idea. I too have issues with students understanding how they work. So this year I made an introductory question stack where the math was so easy, all they had to do was focus on the directions that I was giving. The questions were simple one-digit addition. After that, the students were fine with the 'real' activity.

  6. I only had one issue, two questions with the same answer! So it messed up the flow and the students needed the final answer card prior to the end of the stack. Other then that issue (not sure if I missed that) the kids were engaged and enjoyed the activity.

  7. Oh these are awesome! Too bad you don't teach 5th grade math. 😉