Combining Like Terms: Hands-On Practice Packet

This Combining Like Terms Activity Packet includes cards and a card mat that gives student a tangible way to understand simplifying expressions. Simply cut out the cards and follow the included instructions. The students will place like cards together to make simplifying the equation make sense. Great for math literacy and all things algebra, since it includes whole numbers, different variables/coefficients, and exponents. Teachers can choose between multiple activities where students are asked to group terms together and sometimes solve for x and y. Guaranteed to make learning fun! Can be used with the standard curriculum, test prep, math fluency, family night activity, Math Olympics, math stations, end-of-the-year review, and Montessori learning.


This packet works well with essential unit overview that allows teachers to assess student comprehension. This game is CCSS-Aligned as it allows students to practice exponent notation, order of operations, and properties of operations. They apply the properties of operations while they generate equivalent expressions (in the bonus portion). Use as group work to get students out of their seats and fully engaged in learning.

Packet is 32 pages



Tammy Brown has thirty years of experience teaching multiple subject areas to ages kindergarten through adult. She graduated with honors from both Ferrum College, where she received her BA, and Virginia Tech, where she received her MA. Her vast experience includes Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center, English Instructor at Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Tech, and Ferrum College, GED teacher at Moneta Detention Center, Tazewell Probation and Parole, and Southwest Regional Jail. In addition, she taught an afterschool program at Moneta Elementary School and has tutored various ages privately. She is a published author, and her writing can be found in various anthologies and magazines, both print and digital. When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children, her dog, and two cats.

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