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Add a twist to the practice of simplifying expressions. The task asks scholars to decode a mathematical puzzle using their knowledge of expressions. If they are able to write and simplify the expression, the mathematics behind the puzzle becomes clear.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a performance task to assess manipulation of expressions
  • Form collaborative groups to encourage discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should be proficient with simplifying complex linear expressions

  • Provides a purpose to the concept of simplifying expressions by adding context
  • Includes a detailed answer key and rubric

  • None
Common Core