Simplifying Expressions w/ Two Step Equations INB

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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: 


  1. These look great- thanks!
    Are you guys fully recovered from Hurricane Harvey?

    1. It's going to take at least a year for our community to recover. Two of our high schools had to join because one high school flooded :( thank you for asking!

  2. Whoa. So sorry. Major props to you guys in that area for keeping things "normal" for your students as much as possible. I used to live in Dallas, so TX still holds a place in my heart.

  3. My students would love to use your combining like terms hamburger/pizza foldable... did you post that on another page?
    Love your foldables and notes pages for my lower level kiddos!

  4. Is there a link to the combining like terms foldable? Thank you!

  5. LOVE your stuff! I have been using your stuff for my geometry classes and my students love their notebooks! I am so excited that you are now doing algebra foldables and activities so if I ever teach algebra and can keep using your items. GREAT WORK!!!

  6. Hello,

    I will be teaching a remedial mathematics course for 9th graders this year and have already found so many jewels on your page. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the rest of us. I was wondering, might you have a link to the combining like terms foldable?