In this activity, students will work in pairs or smallgroups to simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.
When all of the problems are solved, the 9 squares are to be arranged in a 3 x 3 square. All adjacent sides must have matching answers.
Although "matching squares" can be used as an individual activity, I prefer to use it as a group activity to encourage collaboration and conversations about math within the classroom. I allow the students to divide the problems among the group members and work together to solve the puzzle, find their mistakes, and help each other to make corrections. The groups like to make it a "race", but in the end, they are all winners!
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