This is the free sample version of a small group activity is designed to improve fact fluency, mental math, and critical thinking skills.
The Equation Express can simply be run on colored cardstock and cut apart. For more durability and ease of use, we recommend laminating, mounting on foam sheets, and/or adding magnetic backing.
Practice is provided on all four operations. This free version includes 52 expressions, a set of equal signs and a train engine template. Expressions are organized by answers (0 to 12), and the printables can serve as an answer key. Give each train an engine number (0 - 12), and provide students with individual expressions. Students then find the expressions to match the train number (answer), link with equal signs, and create each Equation Express! (See thumbnails.) The expressions were intentionally created to reinforce foundational concepts, such as fact fluency, doubling and halving, ten more - ten less, powers of ten, etc.
We have had success using the Equation Express in small groups of 2 to 4 students of various ability levels. While we encourage the use of mental math, accommodations can easily be incorporated.
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Order of Operations Center - The Equation Express II