Shane asks: After the answer keys are copied onto colored paper, can’t I just make enough copies of answers for half the students? It seems that they will only be using the answer keys while working with a partner and therefore will only need 1 set of keys per pair.
Dr. Don answers: Lots of people think this, but here are four examples of issues that make it preferable for each student to have their own answer key, and yes, it should be on colored paper.
1) When students are absent you must pair two students but under the one-answer-key-per-pair both students could be “without” answer keys! In both cases, their partner has the answer key and that folder is in their desk.
2) When someone comes in to help or volunteer, you want Johnny to practice Rocket Math with that person–but Johnny doesn’t have an answer key–his partner does. So Johnny has to go searching for an answer key. If Johnny had his own answer key he could just get out his Rocket Math folder and go to work.
3) The Title 1 or Special Ed teacher or instructional assistant might offer to do extra practice with a student, the student takes his/her folder down to the a place to practice–but doesn’t have an answer key.
4) Alex moves up to division, but his partner doesn’t have an answer key to division–another example where Alex needs his own answer key.