Combining Like Terms and the Distributive Property (Rigorous): Use these Practice Guides to help students develop fluency with simplifying expressions involving both the distributive property & combining like terms. These expressions are more rigorous and designed for 8th & 9th grade Algebra IA students. In a Practice Guide all expressions will simplify to the same answer-- sounds crazy, but that’s actually the beauty of a practice guide. This empowers students to either know they are correct or begin to look critically at their work to identify computational flubs. Find 1 practice guide with 19 expressions using only x terms and constants and another half-sheet practice guide with 10 expressions using a combination of x and y terms.
Why a Practice Guide?
They’re doing their homework, but did they do it correctly? They can do the examples with me in class, but can they do it on their own? Students are practicing, but there are more hands up right now than I can possibly get to in 15 minutes. Practice Guides
help me solve the student to teacher ratio problem (A ton of them to one of me!
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