If you need an activity to wake up the dormant math brain cells after summer break (or any break) consider this math activity.
Students translate verbal phrases into algebraic expressions to de-code the following quote by Paul Hamos.
"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics."
Included are 15 verbal phrases to simplify.
This makes a great worksheet for back to school, to leave with a substitute or to use for early-finishers.