This is a great opening day or first day of school activity to get your 6th, 7th or 8th graders thinking about numbers and how they can be represented in different ways. It is also a great way to give students a chance to introduce themselves to other classmates that they might not know yet. It is a quick and easy activity that will be a nice starter for the year!
This product contains a set of 24 cards that can be cut and pasted on index cards or printed on cardstock and then laminated for longer wear. Each card contains an expression that needs to be simplified. The 24 cards simplify into 6 sets of 4 cards that have the same solution. For example, there are four different expressions (a square root, decimal addition, fraction and order of operations) that simplify to the number 6.
What to do? Students simplify their card and then find the group of students that have the same solution. They can then take a minute or two to get to know each other.
Math Center: Students can sort all of the cards into groups to review rational number work.
Grouping Students: Use the activity above to randomly create groups for other activities or projects.
What's Your Number?
by Ann Marie VanSickle
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