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Students work in partners to combine like terms in this collaborative "Around the Clock" activity.
*Students are not required to know integers to complete this activity. All simplified expressions have positive values only.
**For a version that includes integers: Combining Like Terms Partner Scavenger Hunt.
Each partner gets a clock with 12 unique expressions. Each partner's clock problems are different but the answers are the same, encouraging collaboration and teamwork. If one student gets stuck, the other can help. If student answers differ, they work together to figure out the correct answer before moving on to the next problem.
Students paste their START slip at 12 o'clock, simplify its expression and find the answer on the top of another slip. They then paste this next slip at 1 o'clock and combine like terms to simplify this problem. Each answer students find will lead to the next problem to simplify.
Students complete all 12 problems until they get back to 12 o'clock. If all problems have been simplified correctly, the answer from the problem at 11 o'clock will be at the top of their START slip.
The activity is self-checking, providing students with instant feedback. The final product is a colorful example of their ability to combine like terms. Includes optional student answer sheets (not shown in photos) and answer key.
See more Partner Scavenger Hunts here.
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