I'm not sure if there is a standard name for this kind of thing, but I call it a scavenger hunt. I like it because it is essentially the same work for the students as if you had given them a worksheet with some problems on it. but this is more mobile and more fun for them so they are generally much more engaged.
The topic for this scavenger hunt is solving equations that involve multiple steps, distributive property, and variables on both sides.
To use it, you print out all the slides in this file and post them up randomly on the walls and other furniture (I like to hang them from the ceiling for fun) in your room.
Each slide has an equation on the bottom and an answer to a different equation on the top. Students pick any place to start and solve the equation. Then they look around to find their answer on one of the other sheets around the room. The solution to the equation on the next sheet will lead them to a 3rd sheet and so on until they get back to their starting point.
I made a space theme for this scavenger hunt. So what I do is have students write down the pictures in the order they solve them and use the answer key on the 1st page of the file to verify that they got the right answers (or to tell them where they messed up).
Please let me know if my description isn't very clear. It is a simple activity to do but I seem to be long-winded about explaining it.
Just make sure you don't post the sheets up in order! :)
I love this activity and my 7th grade students did too! We had been solving equations for several days and I was worried about them being bored with yet another day of equations. This is the perfect activity. The didn't seem to mind. I did change a few equations but it is so easy to do.
I'm glad your kids enjoyed it. I'm working on an area and perimeter unit right now to help out the 7th grade teachers at my school that I'll hopefully be finishing and putting up here before too long. Hopefully that will also be something your students would enjoy.
I'm glad to hear it! I've been trying to make some more scavenger hunts for different topics; although it's going slow since I usually come home from school and want to do anything besides school work, heh. I don't want to overuse them since the kids get tired of _anything_ if you do it too much. But it'll be nice to have them handy when I can't decide what to do for class some days and also they seem to be fairly popular on TPT. So, win/win. :)