Thanksgiving activity for math class! In this Thanksgiving-themed activity, students practice evaluating algebraic expressions. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice evaluating algebraic expressions with one or two variables. Two of the stations involve area formulas.
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each evaluating a different algebraic expression, they can check to see if they are correct because they should have matching answers.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they complete their problem and confirm their response matches their partner’s solution, then they check the key to find the answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace. The key contains the numbers 0-25. A number may be used more than once as a solution.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is POTATOES. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.
Included in this product:
-8 stations (each with 2 expressions that lead to the same value)
-2-page answer key
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure
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