This worksheet is designed to replace a lecture on simplifying expressions with radicals.
I start out class with a 15-minute "mini-lesson," giving my students some basic examples of what today's lesson will be about: I start with examples such as 5x + 3x = 8x, which all of the students know, but I ask them to expand their understanding of what this mathematical statement is saying. In the minds of my students, I think they believe it works only for letters like x or y, but I try to get them to understand that it works for any mathematical expression or thing: pi, raisins, the square root of 7, etc. The rest of the worksheet is designed to leverage this understanding.
Once the mini-lesson is over, I have them get to work within their groups on this worksheet, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
This worksheet is intended to be written on directly.
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 resource named 'Final Exam Study Guide for Accelerated Algebra Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Final-Exam-Study-Guide-for-Accelerated-Algebra-Spring-2014-1272614
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Working with Radical Expressions Part 2 Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Working-with-Radical-Expressions-Part-2-Spring-2014-1272620