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Collecting Like Terms / Simplifying

pdf QR Code Treasure Hunt - simplifying algebra a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. this uses QR codes on smart phones. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
pdf Treasure Hunt - multiplying algebraic terms a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
powerpoint finding pairs a starter activity where pupils must match up simplified and non-simplified expressions
excel sum and product generates an infinite number of expressions which pupils must find the sum and product of. Please Note: See technical issues if you are having trouble getting excel files to work properly!
tarsia jigsaw collect like terms a fairly simple jigsaw simplifying expressions with numbers and one variable
powerpoint introduction an introduction to writing expressions and collecting like terms via little stories
tarsia jigsaw algebraic fractions a domino match-up exercise using a combination of multiplying and dividing algebraic terms to simplify.
powerpoint algebraic magic sqaures a nice lesson to practice the concept of collecting like terms
word algebraic magic squares activity a nice activity to practice the concept of collecting like terms
word collecting like term dominoes students must arrange the dominoes in the correct sequence using their algebra skills
powerpoint rearranging formulae a lesson which demonstrates one way students may rearrange formulae
powerpoint millionaire algebra revision who wants to be a millionaire that tests students' knowledge of many aspects of algebra from interactive-maths.com
       
       
Expanding Brackets
powerpoint Catchphrase - single brackets an excellent Catchphrase activity from Laura Rees-Hughes. students take it in turns to answer a question and if they get it correct they reveal a section of the mystery picture!
pdf Treasure Hunt - multiplying out quadratics a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
powerpoint multiplying one bracket bingo pupils choose their own numbers from the list in this Bingo game from Laura Rees-Hughes
excel expanding single brackets lots of variations of single bracket questions to practice
excel expanding two brackets same again, but this time with two brackets
tarsia jigsaw expanding single bracket jigsaw a jigsaw with negatives and squares added to increase difficulty
tarsia jigsaw expanding double bracket jigsaw why expand one bracket, when you can expand two!
excel expanding all brackets randomly generates all different types of brackets for students to expand and simplify. also gives answers
       
       
       
       
Factorising
pdf Treasure Hunt - factorising quadratics a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
excel factorising single brackets all the factorising practice you could ever need
flash player factorising quadratics allows pupils to answer a variety of questions and then shows them whether or not they are correct by multiplying out their answer in front of their eyes!
powerpoint factorising quadratics starter a way of introducing how to factorise quadratic equations by means of a number game
tarsia jigsaw quadratic dominos practise expanding and factorising quadratic terms.
       
       
Indices (see Number as well for more indices resources) 
word algebraic indices match up cards a card sort exercise for quite tricky algebraic indices
tarsia jigsaw simplifying indices a jigsaw that tests ability to simplify algebraic indices
powerpoint simplifying indices bingo a bingo game which requires students to simplify indices to cross off their squares
word simplifying indices bingo cards bingo cards for the above game
       
       
Inequalities
powerpoint linear inequalities a presentation that tests pupils' abilities to identify the equations of straight line graphs, before developing this skill for representing linear inequalities graphically
tarsia jigsaw solving inequalities a jigsaw exercise for solving linear inequalities
word match up inequalities match up the graph with the inequality
word horizontal and vertical inequalities an excellent exercise to practise matching the graphs of horizontal and vertical inequalities to their equation, kindly donated by Jenny Andrews
       
       
Investigations
powerpoint flowerbeds the following files are all for the well known flowerbed investigation
word flowerbeds worksheet  
word flowerbeds with hexagons  
powerpoint flowerbeds with square tiles  
powerpoint knights move the following files are all for the well known knights move investigation
word knights move number square  
publisher knights move extra  
       
       
Misconceptions
powerpoint algebraic misconceptions a little starter testing pupils' knowledge of basic algebraic misconceptions
       
       
       
       
Quadratic Graphs
excel drawing and transforming quadratics alter the constants and immediately see the effect on the shape of the graph
gsp quadratic transformation a nice simple way of seeing the effects of changing the constants of a quadratic expression
word quadratic graphs and equation match up match up the quadratic graph with the equations using factorisation and knowledge of intersections with the axes
       
 
 
Sequences
powerpoint Catchphrase - generate the number pattern an excellent Catchphrase activity from Laura Rees-Hughes. students take it in turns to answer a question and if they get it correct they reveal a section of the mystery picture!
powerpoint Catchphrase - next in the pattern an excellent Catchphrase activity from Laura Rees-Hughes. students take it in turns to answer a question and if they get it correct they reveal a section of the mystery picture!
pdf Treasure Hunt - nth term a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
powerpoint linear nth term bingo pupils choose their own numbers from the list in this Bingo game from Laura Rees-Hughes
flash player linear sequences a simple program which can generate linear sequences and investigate the effect of changing constants
excel nth term generates linear sequences and asks pupils to find the nth term
tarsia jigsaw position to term rule a match up exercise for linear sequences
word sequences - collective memory a collective memory activity that conveys to pupils the importance of sequences, patterns and rules, as well as encuraging team work and communication.
tarsia jigsaw nth term jigsaw another jigsaw practicing nth terms
flash player sequences to next term match up a nice way to introduce sequences via a matching pairs game
powerpoint nth term lesson a clear demonstration of how to work out the nth term of linear sequences
powerpoint quadratic nth term lesson a clear demonstration of how to work out the nth term of quadratic sequences
word nth term sequence match up a simple starter activity matching sequence rules to sequences
excel finding nth term challenges students to continue sequences, describe them and find the nth term formula
excel fibonacci chains an interactive worksheet on fibonacci chains
word fibonacci worksheet a worksheet investigating the fibonacci sequence and some of its interesting properties
       
       
Shapes of Graphs
gsp shapes of functions alter the constants to quickly display any type of function on a graph
       
       
Solving Equations
pdf Treasure Hunt - solving equations a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
pdf Treasure Hunt - solving simultaneous equations graphically a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
pdf Top Trumps - solving equations an outstanding set of Top Trumps cards to print out kindly donated by Laura Rees-Hughes. these are in 3 levels, thus allowing for differentiation
powerpoint balance method an example of how the balance method could be used to solve a linear equation
excel simple algebra with symbols a simple way to introduce inverses as a means to solve equations
flash player solving linear equations   a great program that illustrates how to solve equations by "doing the same to both sides"
excel solving linear equations generates an infinite amount of linear equations, with different levels of difficulty, and provides the answers. the only problem is that the answers are sometimes nasty decimals!
tarsia jigsaw solving equations jigsaw lots of linear equations of varying difficulty to match up to their answers
tarsia jigsaw order of steps a really nice activity kindly donated by John White where students must arrange the steps required to solve equations in the correct order!
powerpoint solving equations bingo a nice bingo game to add some spice to solving simple linear equations
word solving equations bingo cards the cards to accompany the above bingo game
word i think of a number cards teaching the forming and solving of simple linear equations via "i tihnk of a number"
powerpoint function machine bingo a good way to introduce the concept of inverse operations
word function machine bingo cards the cards to accompany the above bingo game
tarsia jigsaw solving equations with brackets lots of equations involving brackets to match up to their answers
powerpoint mind reading teaching forming and solving equations using "i think of a number"
excel two function machine two stage function machine with input and output which is a good way to introduce students to the concept of inverse operations and forming equations
powerpoint solving equations - balance method an introduction to solving equations using the balance method
excel solving equations - level 4 to 6 allows you to generate random linear equations of varying difficulty and then provides the answer
excel solving equations with brackets allows you to generate random linear equations of varying difficulty involving brackets and then provides the answer
powerpoint solving equations - xs on both sides a lesson which explains one method of solving equations with unknowns on both sides
       
       
       
       
Straight Line Graphs
powerpoint straight line graphs bingo pupils choose their own numbers from the list in this Bingo game from Laura Rees-Hughes
excel y = mx + c generator generates random straight line graphs and asks pupils to name the equation
excel drawing straight line graphs alter constants and see the effect on the straight line graph
tarsia jigsaw equations of lines match the equation of the line with the table of co-ordinates
word straight line dominoes a domino activity matching up straight lines to co-ordinates that lie on them
powerpoint straight line dominoes the powerpoint presentation to accompany the above domino activity
powerpoint mobile phones investigating straight line graphs using mobile phone contracts
powerpoint points of intersection a nice set of questions investigating the point of intersection of straight line graphs
word vertical and horizontal line brain teasers some nice questions involving vertical and horizontal lines
word co-ordinate dominoes a domino activity matching up simple straight lines in the form y = mx + c to co-ordinates that lie on them
word investigating straight lines using Autograph 1 a series of challenges using Autograph that allow students to uncover the properties of straight line graphs for themselves
word investigating straight lines using Autograph 2 part 2
word investigating straight lines using Autograph 3 part 3
word investigating straight lines using Autograph 4 part 4
word investigating straight lines using Autograph 5 part 5
powerpoint straight line bingo a bingo game which tests students ability to work out co-ordinates given the equation of a line. ive lost the relevant bingo cards, but hopefully will find them soon!
powerpoint straight lines from co-ordinates students must work out the equation of the straight line from a selection of co-ordinates that lie along it
excel name the straight line generates random straight line graphs and asks pupils to name the gradient, intercept and equation. could also be used the other way around by getting students to draw the line given the equation
word vertical and horizontal line follow me cards a set of follow-me cards involving vertical and horizontal lines
word co-ordinate on straight lines another domino activity matching up simple straight lines in the form y = mx + c to co-ordinates that lie on them
word gradient and intercept follow me cards a set of follow me cards concerning the gradient and y intercept of straight lines in the from y = mx + x
powerpoint finding the gradient a very simple exercise introducing students how to find the gradient of straight lines
excel straight line graph match up cards a simple card activity where students must match the diagram of the straight line to its equation
powerpoint gradient and y-intercept a lesson idea for introducing gradient and y-intercept from interactive-maths.com
       
       
Substitution
pdf Top Trumps - substitution an outstanding set of Top Trumps cards to print out kindly donated by Laura Rees-Hughes. these are in 3 levels, thus allowing for differentiation
word the great algebra race a dice game testing pupils' ability to substitute and to investigate expressions
powerpoint millionaire equations and formulae who wants to be a millionaire that tests students' knowledge of equations and substitution from interactive-maths.com
word substitution worksheet a worksheet requiring pupils to substitute a range of numbers into a range of expressions. change the numbers and expressions to alter difficulty
tarsia jigsaw substitution jigsaw a jigsaw involving a wide range of expressions
excel magic square substitution a nice activity which ties substitution and collecting like terms together
powerpoint substitution board game a lesson involving a board game and some follow-up questions to test student's understanding of substitution
publisher substitution board game (board) the game board to accompany the above lesson
powerpoint substitution millionnaire (easy) a substitution activity based on the game show
powerpoint substitution millionnire (more tricky) a harder version of the above activity
powerpoint substitution codes a lesson that involves codes to test students' knowledge of algebraic expressions, substitution and negative numbers
word substitution worksheet the worksheet to go with the above "substitution codes" lesson
word substitution order cards a series of easy, medium and difficult expressions. students substitute the same value into each expression and then put the expressions into order. to extend the activity try using negative numbers, and possibly even linking the various orders to the graphs of the functions
excel algebra trails given a random starting number, students must substitute into a variety of linked expressions. comes in two levels of difficulty and clicking the boxes gives the answers
       
       
Transformations  
pdf Treasure Hunt - transforming functions a fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura Rees-Hughes. either use around the classroom or as a card sort activity for small groups
excel transforming functions change constants to see the effect on the graph of the function. covers linear and quadratic as well as harder ones too.
gsp transforming trig graphs a dynamic and visual way of observing the effects of transforming the trig graphs
word graphs - true or false cards a set of cards for you to cut up and give to the students. they must then decide whether the cards are true or false. would be great to then show and discuss the solutions using Autograph
       
       
Trial and Improvement
flash player win a million a nice way to introduce trial and improvement. the better the guess, the more money you get!
       
       
Writing Expressions
powerpoint pink elephants in Denmark can your students use algebra to figure out how this works, from interactive-maths.com
powerpoint introduction an introduction to writing expressions and collecting like terms via little stories
powerpoint rods a visual way of introducing how to form algebraic expressions
word twelve days of christmas a match up activity with a seasonal flavour!
powerpoint writing equations / expressions a nice way of teaching the forming of equations and expressions using real life situations.
word race track game a game where students must roll a dice and then use the score plus the instructions on the square they are on to decide how many spaces they can move. this then links into forming algebraic expressions
       
       
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