Three different matching activities that require students to simplify expressions by combining like terms and multiplying out single brackets.
Version 1: Simple terms to collect
Version 2: Some single brackets introduced
Version 3: More brackets and negatives, e.g. 3(x + 6) - 2(x + 4)
Tags: Simplifying Expressions, Collecting like terms, multiplying out brackets, Distributive Property
Common Core: 6.EE.A.3
Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + x) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3x;
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Updated June 2015