An introductory activity to help students get comfortable with the look and feel of algebra.
There are letters in my math! Where’s my times sign? Why does it look like a fraction?
If you’ve taught algebra, you’ve likely heard these questions too. For many students -- particularly those with math anxiety or interrupted math educations -- the first hurdle to doing algebra, is simply reading algebra. This activity helps them get comfortable with variables and with the conventions and notations of algebra.
Match cards containing ab2with a x b x b, then add additional critical thinking questions to generate new equivalents, explain reasoning, or evaluate the terms.
11 pairs of expressions (22 cards, in two formats)
6 critical thinking challenge cards
9 blank printable cards to create your own
Link to GoogleSlides file
Extension and alternative facilitation ideas
Designed for adult education, adaptable to K12 settings
College and Career Reading Standards A.SSE.1a