Yesterday, I realized that I haven't blogged in over TWO MONTHS! This is just unacceptable :)

Here are some ideas for simplifying expressions and two step equations in Algebra 1. The first page was reviewing how to simplify expressions by combining like terms and using the distributive property. I borrowed the steps from another blogger but I cannot remember who. If it was you, please let me know and I will give you credit!

It always seems to click with students when food is involved. Who am I kidding? Food always works with me too! Students really enjoyed seeing pizza, fries, hamburgers, and ice cream on the front of their foldable.

After completing the foldable, students completed the following activity where they had to simplify all of the cards to see which two cards simplified to the same expression.

In regular Algebra 1 classes, students did not go over the next couple of foldables. However, these foldable went over great with my special education students. My lower level students really needed to review one step, two step equations, and translating word problems.

Below are pictures of a foldable that I made but did not use. An Algebra 1 Resource teacher used this foldable though and loved it!

Below are pictures of solving two step equations and translating key words.

Overall, I am LOVING Algebra 1 and I have way too many new ideas/activities/foldables that I need to share. I will try to start blogging again and post new ideas at least twice a week.

**Here are the files that I used in this post: **