In this packet of 3 worksheets plus manipulatives,there are manipulatives to make simplifying like terms ... simple. Students are first walked through putting everyday grocery store items (which are on cards that students will physically move) into piles and then naming those piles. The next worksheet is the same concept only with variables. Finally, on the third worksheet students are simplifying expressions using the manipulatives. This activity can be completed independently, in groups, or in pairs. It ia great for student led station work as the directions are given step by step. Students are also prompted on the worksheets to check their answer on the answer keys so that this station/these stations can be totally independent.