Differentiate and add versatility to helping students practice combining like terms with easy, medium, and challenge levels.
Students will draw three term slips from the difficulty level they are using and then combine like terms on the strips. Students will then return the slips to the cups and draw again.
There are several ways you can use this activity:
1) General practice where students can work in groups, pairs, or individually.
a. You can separate students into ability groups for tiered differentiation.
b. Set out all three levels (labeled on the cups) in the room and allow students to choose which sets to use.
d. Or use stations for students to progressively build up to more challenging problems.
2) As a game in small groups where students can race to find the solution based on the slips drawn. The other group members also complete the problem/check the solutions and act as referees. Students can take turns racing and refereeing.
3) As a game in a whole class setting where student race to find the correct solution and the rest of the class follows along, or the whole class responds with individual white boards. Or the class can race the teacher.
Included in the activity is an answer sheet for students to record their responses. Suggestions to expand the activity and include higher level thinking, and easy, medium, and challenge level binomials strips (color coded and black and white).
There is no answer key provided because the nature of the game creates a large number of possible correct answers...too large to effectively check with any answer key.
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