These worksheets contain 4 sets of 10 combining like terms problems for a total of 40 problems! There are two versions of the worksheets (easier and harder) that share the same answer key for easy differentiation!
The 1,2 version is slightly harder with the distributive property and more terms to combine. The distributive property contains only positive numbers, so there is no multiplying by a negative number. This version is good for students who catch on quickly, need to be challenged, or finish early.
The A,B version does not have any distributive property and the problems are generally shorter. This is a good version for struggling students, remediation, or beginning practice.
The nice thing about this activity is that all four columns have the same answer key!
That’s right, #1 has the same answer in column A,B,1, and 2! That means that you can differentiate among partners without them knowing!
****One of the reasons I love this activity is that by having students be able to check each other(since their answers should match), it frees me up to work with those students who aren’t ready to work on their own yet, were absent, etc. This way I’m not constantly interrupted by “Is this right? Can you check mine?” If their answers match their partners then they know they’re right!
There are two versions included in this product – one set is meant to be cut in half as a partner activity. I’ve also included a single header version if you 1) don’t have time to cut the worksheet in half, 2) want to give it as homework and let the students choose which column to work out for each problem, or 3) would rather have larger sheets instead of smaller ones to keep track of.
Answer keys are included for all versions (but, really, you just need one answer key, since they are all the same).
Looking for a more advanced version with negative distributive property and exponents higher than one? Try Partner Perfection Combining Like Terms Level II
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