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# Combining Like Terms Group Game ~ 7th Grade Math

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This is a really fun game that allows students to practice identifying and combining like terms with integer coefficients. I print these double sided, and laminate them, so that I can use them year after year. My students love playing this game, and it is excellent practice for kids that are still struggling with sums and differences with negatives.

Each deck of cards includes 80 playing cards and 48 "Can you Make" cards

Directions:

1.) Deal 10 CLT cards to each player.
2.) Each player should arrange their cards so that their like-terms are grouped together.
3.) Place the rest of the cards in a pile face down in the center.
4.) Flip 6 of the “Can you make cards face up in the middle of the table.
5.) The first player will try and put some of their cards together to make a quantity that is equal to one of the “Can you make” cards. For example, if one of the “Can you make” cards is 7 the the 2nd power, and the player has a 4 to the 2nd power card and a 3 to the second power card, they can play these two cards on top of the “Can you make card”. They earn a point for this play and draw two new cards to replace the two that they played. The dealer flips over a new “Can you play” card to replace the one that was played on. Once a ”Can you play” card has been played on it cannot be played on again and the cards should be set to the side.

6.) It now becomes the next players’ turn. They attempt to combine any of their cards to have a quantity equal to one of the six ”can you make” cards. If a player cannot combine any of the terms on their cards to get an equal quantity, they draw one card, and it becomes the next payers’ turn. You must use at least two like-terms to make a quantity equivalent to one of the “Can You Make” cards, but can use more than two like-terms as well.

The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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