Radical Simplification is quite possibly the worst standard ever, right? In order to keep kids more engaged, I have created the tasks which are scaffolded from basic prime factorization (Task 1), to Simplification of Square Roots without variables (Task 2), to Simplification of Square Roots with variables (Task 3), to Simplification of Cube Roots with variables (Task 4). I copy these as half sheets.
In between each task, we completed notes in our Interactive Notebooks and then students completed each task in their notebook and recorded their final answers on the half sheets.
I color coded these tasks so I could monitor who was where throughout the activity and provide appropriate guidance.