Interpreting Algebraic Expressions - a tarsia / jigsaw puzzle
All math students need to be able to translate between verbal phrases and algebraic expressions. This is a great activity to help them practice that skill.
Useful in math stations, assigned as an individual challenge, or with an intervention group/individual.
Included in this resource:
--Tarsia-style puzzle on INTERPRETING ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSIONS in which
students match a verbal phrase to an equivalent algebraic expression.
--A mat/template; to provide a place for students to place puzzle pieces.
--Algebraic expressions and verbal phrases in a table format for when it isn't convenient to cut / glue puzzle pieces; i.e. a student was absent or missed class. Three formats of the table (WS.1 - 3) are included. You could cut apart the cells of the table and use the strips to create a card matching activity.
TWO ways to utilize this resource:
PRINT a page of puzzle pieces and the mat (consider printing the mat on color for contrast) one per student or group.
Provide scissors and glue stick (or tape).
Puzzle pieces include icons that add interest and make checking easier (it really does).
PRINT the worksheets with three versions of tables with the same expressions and phrases as found on the puzzle. Challenge students to complete the empty spaces.
There are nine pairs of verbal phrases and expressions that assemble into a pyramid shape. . . not an overwhelming amount of problems so it makes a great introduction to TARSIA puzzles before tackling larger puzzles with more pieces. Also good for intervention students that require fewer problems.
This resource is great as an anchor activity or differentiation activity to engage and challenge a variety of learners.