Algebra Expression and Equation Card Game Activity or Station by Miss Middle School Teacher
These cards are a great way for middle school students to practice matching verbal models with algebraic/variable expressions and equations.
Students can use these in several ways:
1) When students finish an activity early, they can grab a set of flashcards and practice matching the verbal phrases with the algebraic expression or equation.
2)Students can partner up to match the verbal model to the algebraic expression/equation. Then, they can play 'Go Fish''. They deal 4 cards to each person and place the rest in a messy pile face down for all to reach. They then ask questions, like: "Do you have the the algebraic expression for one half of a number plus three?". Their partner may reply, "Yes, I have 1/2x + 3." Or, "No, go fish!". When a pair is found, the partner takes the pair. Once all pairs have been matched, students count their pairs. The person with the greatest number of pairs at the end wins!
3) Students can partner up to match the terms to the definitions. Then, they play 'Memory''. They place all cards face down on the table in rows. The first partner turns over two cards (leaving them in their position). If the term and definition match, they keep the pair. If not, they turn them back over and hope to remember their location for later. Play continues until all matches have been found. The person with the greatest number of pairs at the end wins!
4) Students can also play "Memory" individually with themselves and try to 'beat the clock'. They can set a time limit for themselves (i.e. 2 minutes) and see if they can find all of the matches in that time.
Included: 32 cards (1 black and white copy, 1 color copy) and a copy of the teacher activity ideas listed above.