This activity is designed to improve fact fluency, mental math, and critical thinking skills will all four operations! Students even say that it’s fun! Each expression was intentionally created to reinforce foundational concepts, such as fact fluency, doubling and halving, ten more - ten less, powers of ten, etc.
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.
There are 148 expressions, a set of equal signs and a train engine template included. Expressions are organized by answers (0 to 12) and 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.) If needed, this center can be differentiated by using expressions of a certain operation or by allowing one group to focus on two operations while another focuses on the other two.
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. Enjoy!!
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