Combining Like Terms Card Game

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This combining like terms game is modeled after the traditional card game, "Old Maid." Students play "Old Math Guy" in groups of 4-5. Students will demonstrate their ability to simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms. Students will need to add and subtract, but all results will be positive. This game is for beginners, contains "friendly" numbers, and combines two terms only. (There is only one case where three terms are combined.) There are two pairs that require adding basic fractions with like denominators.

To play, first students deal out all of the cards. Then, without showing others the cards in their hands, students look for matching pairs of algebraic expressions. They put down any pairs in front of them face up so others can confirm that they have indeed found a match.

One player begins by holding their cards facing down in a fanned out fashion and offering their hand to the student to their left. If the receiving student gets a card that is a match with a card already in their hand they can put it down. Then the student who just took a card turns to the student on their left and allows them to select a card at random, etc.

There is one card that is the “Old Math Guy.” (Use either the color or black and white version.) The student who is stuck with this card after all other pairs are matched loses the game.

Included:

-38 cards (19 pairs)

-Old Math Guy (both color and black and white version) included

-Answer key

-Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure

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Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Task Cards (with Negatives)

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Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + 𝘹) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3𝘹; apply the distributive property to the expression 24𝘹 + 18𝘺 to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4𝘹 + 3𝘺); apply properties of operations to 𝘺 + 𝘺 + 𝘺 to produce the equivalent expression 3𝘺.
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