Differentiation activity to review/reinforce combining like terms, distributive property, & factoring 7th grade expressions; could also be used to review expressions with 8th graders.
All students begin at the bottom level to simplify & factor grade-level expressions. Students work at their own pace, and may not move up to multi-step, more complex expressions in the middle level until they have all answers correct in the first level. Once students have correct answers on all problems in the second level, they may move on to the top level, which contains above grade-level expressions.
Struggling learners may only make it through the first-level, but should have some success with grade-level expressions. Grade-level learners may progress through the middle level and perhaps, make it to the top level. Gifted learners will completely finish all 3 levels. Wherever the student's understanding of expressions may be, all students are challenged, engaged, and able to experience their own level of success in this activity.
My early finishers aren't sitting around bored with nothing to do, and I am able to work with them at a deeper level on expressions. I am likewise able to give instant feedback to struggling and on-level learners when they check their answers with me during the activity. I feel as though I am able to meet my students' needs when using this activity!