This is a set of 12 place mats containing 48 one-step equations of mixed operations and 4 levels of difficulty. This is a great activity to review solving one-step equations as well as a team building activity which encourages students to stay focused, contribute towards a common goal, and work with others with a positive attitude while solving one-step equations. I have included a group work rubric that students can use as a guide of expectations and grade their teammates.
Rate your students 1-4 (low-high). Use these ratings to create groups of mixed abilities (e.g. Groups of four contain students with a ranking of 1,2,3,and 4; groups of 3 consist of rankings 1,2, and 3; etc.). This could also be used in a math center.
Each student is responsible for working only one plate on each placemat. For example, student 1 is responsible for working plate 1. The equations on the plates increase in difficulty (1-4) and should coordinate with the student ranking. Everything is editable. Change the equations to suit the needs of your class. (You could even change them into two-step equations.)
When everyone is finished working their problem, the team must add their answers together and write the sum in the circle in the middle of the placemat (if they are laminated). You could also have them write the sum on a sticky note and put it in the circle. You check only one answer instead of all four.
If the sum is correct, the group can trade in their placemat for a different one. If the sum is incorrect, the team must work together to find and correct the mistake
One-Step Equations on Placemats: Mixed Operations by Suzie's Angle is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.