# Simplifying Expressions

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I know that six plus one is seven. Really, I do. And I am sure that re-posting information from an earlier post is expressly forbidden in the Blog Rules of The Universe. However, I am also thinking there is a caveat somewhere that says: If your picture--in a post about algebra--suggests that six plus one is eight, you have an exemption... And you are allowed, actually encouraged, to post a fix-up! I have been fretting about my algebra post for a while. Most of my posts don't get a lot of…

I know that six plus one is seven. Really, I do. And I am sure that re-posting information from an earlier post is expressly forbidden in the Blog Rules of The Universe. However, I am also thinking there is a caveat somewhere that says: If your picture--in a post about algebra--suggests that six plus one is eight, you have an exemption... And you are allowed, actually encouraged, to post a fix-up! I have been fretting about my algebra post for a while. Most of my posts don't get a lot of…

Disclaimer... phone pictures with battery too low for a flash :/ so sorry!! But I can't put off posting these any longer! It's been almost a month that I've benefited from the MTBoS and haven't contributed! :( Alright, so here's what my Unit 2 includes. This is our table of contents for this unit but it also helps you get a feel for what's ahead. I'm trying to start every unit with a Unit Overview. This is our overview for Unit 2. I ask the students to revisit the essential questions…

This year, I teaching combining like terms really early with my 7th graders. (Normally, we get to it towards the end of the year.) It's now in the first unit. First, we discuss what like terms are and create examples of like terms and unlike terms. I've always done visuals to help students. For example, if you have 4x + 8x: Once we do a few visuals, we then practice with larger expressions, highlighting or drawing different shapes around the like terms. Make sure students include the sign in…

This year, I teaching combining like terms really early with my 7th graders. (Normally, we get to it towards the end of the year.) It's now in the first unit. First, we discuss what like terms are and create examples of like terms and unlike terms. I've always done visuals to help students. For example, if you have 4x + 8x: Once we do a few visuals, we then practice with larger expressions, highlighting or drawing different shapes around the like terms. Make sure students include the sign in…

Designed like a crossword puzzle, students will search horizontally, vertically and diagonally to find 15 groups of terms. The sum of the first two terms in each group will equal the third term in the group. Works well as independent practice, homework and/or extra credit.Answer Key provided!CLICK...

Another concrete rule I use to help my students is the Banana Rule. I noticed that my students often struggle with simplifying things like this(when we aren't directly learning about it): Sometimes they don't realize that you can add them, but often times they realize they are like terms but end up messing with the exponents. To me, it's really just a matter of how they are looking at it. My best attempt at getting my students to see this problem the way that I see it is by telling them that…

It's Made 4 Math Monday again! After looking through my new Dinah Zike foldables book, I was inspired to make some foldables of my own. While the CD ROM that comes with the book has lots of templates, there's not much that you can customize. It uses Adobe Acrobat. You can only add text to some boxes; others you can only add images. After creating one foldable for my Algebra I class on all the properties they need to know (there's 10!) I decided to make my own templates in Word. I started…

Math Games online including our hits Fraction Balls,Decimals in Space, Fraction Frenzy, and many others on a variety of topics including Order of Operations, PEMDAS, Like Terms...

Math Games online including our hits Fraction Balls,Decimals in Space, Fraction Frenzy, and many others on a variety of topics including Order of Operations, PEMDAS, Like Terms...

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