Collecting
Like Terms / Simplifying 

pdf 
QR
Code Treasure Hunt  simplifying algebra 
a
fantastic Treasure Hunt activity created and shared by Laura
ReesHughes. 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
ReesHughes. 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 nonsimplified
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 matchup 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 interactivemaths.com 








Expanding
Brackets 

powerpoint 
Catchphrase
 single brackets 
an
excellent Catchphrase activity from Laura ReesHughes. 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
ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes 

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
ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes. 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
ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes 

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
ReesHughes. 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
ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes. 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 ReesHughes 

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 coordinates 

word 
straight
line dominoes 
a
domino activity matching up straight lines to coordinates 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 
coordinate
dominoes 
a
domino activity matching up simple straight lines in the form
y = mx + c to coordinates 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 coordinates
given the equation of a line. ive lost the relevant bingo cards,
but hopefully will find them soon! 

powerpoint 
straight
lines from coordinates 
students
must work out the equation of the straight line from a selection
of coordinates 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 followme cards involving vertical and horizontal lines 

word 
coordinate
on straight lines 
another
domino activity matching up simple straight lines in the form
y = mx + c to coordinates 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 yintercept 
a
lesson idea for introducing gradient and yintercept from interactivemaths.com 








Substitution 

pdf 
Top
Trumps  substitution 
an
outstanding set of Top Trumps cards to print out kindly donated
by Laura ReesHughes. 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 interactivemaths.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 followup 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. thanks to Kevin
Thompson for the corrections! 

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
ReesHughes. 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
interactivemaths.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 







