Discover the new Math Tasks series which replaces the popular Super Source series.

Our Math Tasks Teacher Guides challenge students using the most common manipulatives to promote multiple solutions, encourage collaboration, and develop deep understanding.

With Math Tasks:

  • Implement math practices with the right teacher support
  • Promote multiple solutions and collaboration using rich math tasks
  • Deepen understanding by making connections with and across topics and domains

What You Will Need - Contains a list of materials needed. Blackline masters are included on this list.

Overview - Overview of what children will be doing and why.

The Big Idea - Teachers gain insight into the underlying mathematics of the activity, and discover some of the strategies children are apt to use as they work. Solutions are also given— when such are necessary and/or helpful. Because The Big Idea provides a view of what may happen in the lesson as well as the mathematical potential that underlies and may grow out of it, users are encouraged to read this before presenting the activity to children.

Tent Card - Each activity is available as a Tent Card to help manage group work.


Introduction - Introduction presents a possible scenario for introducing the children to the activity. 

Math Talk - Prompts that are intended to promote discussion are provided. 

On Their Own - Suggestions and hints on meeting students' needs. 

Extensions - Extensions takes the essence of the main activity and either alter or extend its parameters.

On Their Own (Student) - Rich problems stimulate many different problem-solving approaches and lead to a variety of solutions. These explorations bring children to new mathmatical ideas and deepen skills. Use the tent cards to make the directions accessible for small groups or project using a document camera.