Instead of lecturing my students on finding the volume and surface areas of boxes and cylinders, as I used to do, I now start class with a mini-lesson (15-20 minutes in length) to go over just the main idea of what they will be learning about today. I include one or two example problems to make sure they get the main idea.
As soon as the mini-lesson is over, I set them to task on this worksheet. I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
I have my students put their work on a separate sheet of paper for this activity.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.
Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Solving Equations with the Variable on Both Sides Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solving-Equations-with-the-Variable-on-Both-Sides-Fall-2013-1122050
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Introductory Algebra Review Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Introductory-Algebra-Review-Fall-2013-1120324