Students love practicing writing algebraic expressions while playing math games! This matching math game is low prep and loved by both students AND teachers. You’ll print, cut the puzzle pieces apart, use the recording sheet, and begin writing algebraic expressions. Use these puzzle pieces as morning work, a teacher table, small group station, math center, or even as an early finisher activity.
In this math station activity, students will review how to write numerical expressions all while playing a highly engaging math matching game!
What does this math resource include?
- Teacher Direction page
- 20 Matching Puzzles
- Student Recording Sheet
- Teacher Answer Key
What’s the best way to use this matching game?
- Math Centers or Stations
- Whole Group Practice
- Morning Work
- Early Finisher Activities
- Send home to engage students’ families
Tips for Playing Matching Math Games:
- Print the puzzle pieces on cardstock or regular paper. If you are looking to use them for years, it’s worth the time to laminate them. Cut out the puzzle pieces and store in a labeled plastic baggie.
- Create groups of 2-4 students. The lower number of students means the more focused students are while playing.
- Show students how to compare and discuss answers. Did you both get the same answer? If students get different answers, ask them to solve the problem using a different strategy or help coach each other through the problem.
Do your students need math practice? Students will be playing a game and will often forget that they are even practicing math skills! Research shows that challenge-based gamification in the classroom leads to an increase of 34.755% in student performance (ScienceDirect, 2020).
Supports Common Core Standards:
5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
Teachers Like You Say This:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I used this in math centers to review numerical expressions. The students enjoyed it and it was good practice for a new concept that was a bit of a struggle for them.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great activity to review this standard! Thank you for creating this!”
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