This is a great, hands-on activity for students to practice solving multi-step equations.
For this activity, students can work independently or with a partner (depending on the size of your class and how many sets you want to cut out). Give each group a set of the cards (I’ve laminated mine so I can use them again and again). On some cards there is a question, and on others there are answers. The task for each group is to match up all the problem cards with the correct answer. If all problems are matched up correctly and put in order numbers 1-8, when they flip over the pieces a picture will be put together! I like to put funny pictures or puns on mine. A picture is provided in the file, but you can always substitute it for one that you’ve chosen. A student worksheet is also provided to give students a space to write down their work for each problem. Print an extra copy of the puzzle side and don’t cut it to use as an answer key.
*The equations in this activity require students to combine like terms, distribute, or both to solve the equation.
*The multi-step equations in this activity do NOT require students to solve equations with variables on both sides.