Students work in groups of three. In each relay, students will be assigned different roles. The first student factors each numerator and denominator by looking for quadratics or greatest common factors. The paper is passed to the second student who determines whether the second fraction needs to be flipped or not (division or multiplication) and cancels out like terms. The last student writes the final answer.
Works Great for:
Students who are in a higher Algebra course and require scaffolding, based on performance or newly being introduced to the topic. It could also work well for younger students who are advanced in their factoring and fraction skills.
-Simplifying rational expressions
-Factoring when "a" is one
-Multiplying rational expressions
-Dividing rational expressions
-Factoring out a greatest common factor
-Simplifying complex fractions