In this no-prep activity, students will unknowingly choose classmates to win silly "most likely to..." awards as they practice their algebra skills! Students will write the names of 12 classmates as their nominees in the spaces provided, and then eliminate them one by one as they simplify polynomial expressions with addition or subtraction. The last classmate remaining wins the award! The students will complete the small award certificate, color/decorate if it time allows, and then present it to the winner.
This activity builds a positive learning environment by using peer interactions as students practice their algebra skills. This activity is perfect for end-of-year skills practice, beginning of the year review, concept review, or enrichment/reinforcement. For extra fun, you can hold an "awards ceremony" at the end of class so that students can present the winners to their classmates! You can display the awards on your bulletin board, or the students can keep them in their notebooks or decorate their lockers with them. This is sure to be a fun and motivating way to get your students to practice math without realizing they are doing it!
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