These puzzles can be used in math centers, as partner work, or even homework.
There are three levels:
Identifying Like Terms – Easy: Students must identify and match like terms. Unused sides of the puzzle pieces are left blank. Some distracters are included, such as terms with the same variable but different exponents.
Combining Like Terms – Medium: Students add or subtract like terms and then find the correct answer on another puzzle piece. Some decimal numbers included. Unused sides of the puzzle pieces are left blank.
Simplifying Expressions With Like Terms – Challenge: Students must use the distributive property to simplify expressions. Many expressions include terms with different variables, so like terms must be identified and simplified correctly within each expression. Decimals and integers are included. Unused sides of the puzzle pieces include incorrect answers that come from common mistakes students might make while simplifying the expressions.