# Matching Activity -- Equations and Expressions

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I wrote this set of matching exercises for pre-algebra and / or algebra one students because it seems that some of the next generation testing is going not just to “which one is equivalent” but “which are equivalent, select all that apply”. Also, the idea of having an expression in simplified or standard form is not as vital as it was when I was in school. Now we want our students to be able to understand the structure of their equations and expressions.

Photocopy the last three pages (39 cards) onto brightly colored paper and then cut them up. (Alternatively, have your first class cut them apart – you be the judge about scissor distribution!) Make as many sets as you need (i.e. a class of 30 will need at least 15 sets). Binder clip them together or put them in a clear zip-lock bag. Make enough copies of the first page so that each pair of your algebra students has a copy (i.e. if you have four algebra classes and each class has 26 students, make 26 copies of the second page because you will cut it in half). Do the exercise for yourself first to decide where you want to do it in your curriculum.

I would have my students work this exercise in randomized pairs by pulling names from a hat (for more detail on how I usually do this I wrote a blog post on it : https://virgecornelius.com/2016/10/09/matching-activities/ ). The answers can be either in the order they are “I V” for number 1, e.g., or in reverse order “V I”. This may seem obvious, but I get some strange questions sometimes. Also, for differentiated instruction you can put some letters in their grids before they start.

Let me know how this activity this works for you and your students.

Virge Cornelius September 2018 Blog: virgecornelius.com

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