Reflection: Joy Combining Like Terms - Section 3: Independent Practice - Art Activity


This lesson appealed to my kinesthetic learners. Whenever they see colored pencil in class materials I automatically have a captive audience!

Varying activities is helpful for older students. In this lesson in particular, color coding not only helped the students visually remember, but provided me an efficient way to check for the understanding at a glance.

A trend I observed and caught early was the struggle with xy^2 vs x^2y. It is helpful to expand this expression so that students see the difference “xyy” vs “xxy”.

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Combining Like Terms

Unit 4: Linear Equations
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: SWBAT simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.

Big Idea: Students will identify the parts of an expression using math terminology. Students will understand the concept of like terms with the use parallel examples.

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