I love teaching equations!
I have numerous games, activities, and projects for all kinds of equations. Because I enjoy equations, my students do too. They're always asking if they can play an equation game or saying, "why can't we just do equations". One of their favorite games is the equation puzzle. (I have several version of this activity and it is easily modified for any level of equations.)
For this version of the puzzle, students will need to know how to use the distributive property and combine like terms (same side and opposite sides).
First, I put the students in pairs or groups. Then I give each group a sheet of puzzle pieces which they will cut out. Once the puzzle pieces have been cut out, students will put the puzzle pieces in the correct order to solve each of the six equations.
This has been a BIG help in having students show all of their work and gain a thorough
understanding of equations. You will see some students quickly putting the puzzle pieces in order without working the problem on a sheet of paper; however, other groups will work the problems on a sheet of paper and then put the pieces in order - both methods are acceptable in my class. If any of the problems are incorrect, the students must go back to make corrections.
I have thought about laminating the puzzle pieces so the students don't have to cut them out every time I use them but... I'm sure I would misplace them :(
I hope your students enjoy the puzzle as much as mine do!!!