1. Play in pairs. Choose a number from the first board.
2. Substitute it into one of the expressions in the second board.
3. Find your result on the third board.
4. If you cannot find your result, you lose your go.
5. If you can find your number, put your name on that square.
6. Let your partner have a go.
The first person to get four squares in a row, wins!
Students loved this game and they were constantly asking me questions about substitution - they really wanted to know what a cubed would be if a was a negative number, or, which bracket they had to do first...
Great practice with negative numbers, PEMDAS and substitution.
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Common Core: 6.EE.A.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.