As I was thinking about school today, I was thinking about one of our next topics: equivalent expressions. (CCSS.6.EE.A3: Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + x) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3x; apply the distributive property to the expression 24x + 18y to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4x + 3y); apply properties of operations to y + y + y to produce the equivalent expression 3y.)
Last year, I worked this concept in through the use of my daily math warm-ups, which brought the idea back time and again, and the students did well with it. This year, even though we will spend more time with direct instruction, I was thinking about other ways to use equivalent expressions, and I thought of using them for partnering cards! We can use them many times throughout the year as quick, random reinforcement.
You can download these for free, if you'd like. There are 6 pages, with 3 sets on each page, giving you 18 sets (36 students). The set is in the download twice - once with a background and once without.
** Update: I used these today and they worked well! I printed the set with the background and quickly glued them onto index cards this morning, because I wanted to use them today. I'll laminate them before using again.
I hope you can use them!
Hi, I'm Ellie! I've been in education for 25 years, teaching all subject areas at both the elementary and middle school levels.