This fun solving equations review activity requires students to use higher-level thinking skills to order and then justify each step of an already-solved equation. Included in the file are 8 pre-solved equations (two-step, distributive property, variables on same side, and variables on both side), a form for students to identify the type of equation and justify steps, and a teacher key.
Types of equations are color-coded, so teachers can be sure that students are getting at least one of each type of equation, and there are two equations of each type so teachers can challenge more advanced groups and choose simpler problems for struggling groups. (The word document of solved equations is editable so teachers can either print it as is or change all of the type to black and print on colored paper.)
If teachers want to have students put the steps in order, they will need to cut apart the equations before using. Asterisks are included next to the starting equation for students. I recommend having students check their order with you before beginning to fill out the form.
I have used this as a group activity, but it could also work well with partners or individually. If working as a group, I recommend having students alternate who writes for each step of the equation.
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