When there are several different problems that are all related or a task that has several parts or steps, it is a good time to use a study team strategy called Red Light, Green Light (see the tab “Team support and Universal Access” at the front of the Teacher Edition). After the team completes each problem, they need to stop (Red Light) and check their answer with the teacher (or with the answers that the teacher has located somewhere in the room). If their answer is correct, they go (Green Light) to the next problem and repeat the process.
To make this a little more interesting, make a game board on poster paper or on one of the boards in the room. Each section of the game board represents a problem from the lesson. Place a post-it or magnet with each team’s number in the first spot (first problem) on the game board. This will move as the teams complete and correct the problem. This strategy allows the teacher to pay attention to who is ahead and who is behind and to act accordingly.