Using substitution (or equation, plug, and chug) to evaluate expressions for specific values of variables is an essential pre-algebra skill. Here students will evaluate expressions for the given values and match those expressions up with their solutions to create this 4x4 puzzle. This puzzle uses only positive numbers.
This activity requires NO teacher prep!!!
Download includes THREE versions for instant differentiation for average learners, those still struggling with their skill, and those in need of a bit of a challenge!
This self-checking activity both strengthens essential computation and pre-algebra skills and reinforces logical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students simply cut out the 16 pieces and start solving. I have my students glue their finished puzzle down onto a piece of construction paper but it could be printed on card stock, cut out, and laminated for a station activity that will last year after year.
The best strategy for solving is to take one center piece (no blank edges), solve one of the two problems on it, and match up its answer. Continue to build off the central puzzle matching problems and answers until its completion. Students will be tempted to just make matched pairs (which is fine) but it does seem to take longer to piece it all together when they do it that way.
Be sure to check out:
My other Square Puzzle QuestsLong Division: One Digit DivisorsOrder of Operations: Positive IntegersLong Division: Two Digit DivisorsBasic Operations with IntegersCombining Like Terms in Algebraic ExpressionsPopulation Relationships Scavenger Hunt1 step Equations using positive integers
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