Lesson is differentiated to two levels.
This cross curricular activity asks students to put together a puzzle. They must match events in the life of Benjamin Banneker to the date at which the event occurred. However! The date is hidden within an expression. They must also sequence the events.
Students must evaluate numerical expressions that involve whole number exponents and in some cases evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
There are two levels, 6.1 more basic, 6.2 is for your more advanced learners. There are 12 events, the same events for each level.
Spot check accuracy by following the letters on the bottom:
Think: UPS delivers OPI (nailpolish) to JFK who likes TNA
It sounds ridiculous, but this device helps with memory :)
Cut the cards in half (remember there are two sets, keep them separate). Then cut them with random jagged lines to separate the event from the date, that's the puzzle component. Photo of example included.
Use sticky notes for students to replace the expression with the answer (this way you can reuse the cards). Suggested that different levels get different colors. Put pieces in baggies and letter the backs of the cards to match one specific bag so pieces don't get lost.
Suggested use: Cooperative Learning Activity, but at your discretion. Rubric is included.
I used this in place of an assessment for these standards.