Combining like terms is one of those topics that students can always use extra time practicing. In this short post, I want to share 4 combining like terms activities that have been hits in the classroom.

The first is this Combining Like Terms Blueprint Activity that comes in both print and digital form (digital is in Google Forms). Students are given a blueprint of a house with polynomial wall lengths and are tasked with finding the perimeters of the rooms. I have used this one in my own classrooms in both algebra 1 and 8th grade algebra. Students enjoy working together to figure out the answers to each task card.

Next is a Combining Like Terms Math Pennant Activity that doubles as student-created classroom décor. There are 30 pennants included that ask students to simplify expressions given polynomial expressions and rectangle side lengths. Each pennant then asks students to evaluate their simplified expression given a numerical value, giving them extra practice with this skill.

Above is puzzle #1 of a new self-checking Combining Like Terms Digital Math Escape Room built in Google Forms. Students must type the correct 4-letter code to solve each puzzle. Students combine like terms to find the perimeters of shapes in this escape room. There are 5 puzzles in all (20 questions) to solve to escape the room.

And lastly is this self-checking Combining Like Terms Partner Scavenger Hunt that comes in both print and digital form (digital is in Google Slides). Students work in partners to combine like terms in this collaborative "Around the Clock" activity. Each partner gets a clock with 12 unique expressions. Each partner's clock problems are different but the answers are the same, encouraging collaboration and teamwork. (This activity also comes in a no negatives version.)

You can find all 4 of these combining like terms activities in this discounted combining like terms activity bundle.

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