# Algebraic Expressions Task Cards Made Easy: Free Set Inside

Are you tired of assigning boring drill-style worksheets on simplifying algebraic expressions and struggling to get your students to understand? Do you find that the traditional teaching methods leave your students bored and disengaged? The good news is that math class doesn’t have to be this way, especially when it comes to teaching algebra. INSERT – Algebraic Expressions Task Cards

In this post, I’ll show you how to use task cards to teach algebraic expressions in a fun and engaging way. With tips and tricks, your students will master algebraic expressions in no time, while having fun along the way!

## My Algebraic Expressions Task Cards Are Just What You Need

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a classroom where students can get up, walk around, and engage in meaningful math talk, believe me when I tell you that it is possible. I’ve used task cards like these (which is a FREEBIE, by the way!) while teaching algebra to get my students to discuss math concepts and learn from each other. You can too.

Use these simplifying algebraic expressions task cards from combining like terms to distributing with combining like terms in your next lesson.

## How Can I Use Task Cards During Math Class?

There are several ways to set up task cards in math class: with partners, in small groups, as individual tasks, or as a whole class. This post on task cards for math talk or this post with different ways to use math task cards both have more tips for using task cards. My favorite by far is to use them to combine the whole class approach with partner work.

My low-prep Simplifying Algebraic Expression Task Cards teach students to simplify by distributing and combining like terms. There are a wide variety of questions so that you can differentiate based on individual student needs. Here’s an example of a Math Talk activity you can do with them!

## What You Will Need To Teach Algebraic Expressions:

- Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Task Cards, printed and cut out
- Student answer sheets (1 for every student)
- Teacher answer key

## 1 Way these Math Talk Activity could Work:

- Each student receives a task card.
- Students partner up and show each other their task cards.
- Give students time to discuss strategies and write their answers on their Answer Sheets.
- Students swap task cards and find a different partner.
- Repeat steps 2-4 as many times as you’d like.

**Note**: There is no need for kids to complete all of the task cards during this activity depending on your individual goal and time restraints.

After rotating through partners a number of times, you can stop the activity and take up all the task cards together as a class. You can also collect student answer sheets as a quick check-in to get a sense of whether your class as a whole understands the concepts.

And that’s it!

## Positivity In The Algebra Classroom

In order to ensure that this activity runs smoothly, you can model what positive, constructive math talk looks like. This takes time to develop, and with patience, your students will be well on their way to learning and building math knowledge with each other.

Again, here’s the Simplifying Algebraic Expressions freebie. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to reach out.

Enjoy!