Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
Simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to maintain equivalence by collecting like terms (KS3)

Teaching for Understanding
Resources and ideas to promote understanding
BLog POsts and Lesson Ideas
Cutting and pasting to combine like terms (Math Equals Love)
Students cut out and physically group like terms, requiring appreciation that the sign "belongs" to the term to the right of it.
KS3 Strategy study module (LancsNGFL)
Contains some nice ideas and resources for teaching collecting like terms.
Students cut out and physically group like terms, requiring appreciation that the sign "belongs" to the term to the right of it.
KS3 Strategy study module (LancsNGFL)
Contains some nice ideas and resources for teaching collecting like terms.
Examples and Practice
Increasingly Difficult Exercises (@taylorda01)
Level of difficulty increases rapidly as pupils work through problems.
Variation theory problems (Craig Barton)
Worked example and set of practice problems using variation theory.
Level of difficulty increases rapidly as pupils work through problems.
Variation theory problems (Craig Barton)
Worked example and set of practice problems using variation theory.
Fluency
Collections of standard practice problems in various formats
Worksheets
Algebra pyramids
Collecting like terms (TeachingMaths_ via TES)
Selection of worksheetbased resources and a couple of matching/cardsorting activities.
Textbook exercises
 TeachIt Maths: Basic practice in the form of addition pyramids; nice mix of problems.
 Great Maths Teaching Ideas (Easy/Hard): Two large pyramids requiring a bit of thought!
Collecting like terms (TeachingMaths_ via TES)
Selection of worksheetbased resources and a couple of matching/cardsorting activities.
Textbook exercises
 CorbettMaths: Varied selection of problems with applications and answers.
WHiteboard Display
Collecting like terms workout (Study Maths)
Question generator  good for basic repeated practice.
Question generator  good for basic repeated practice.
Revision Resources
Examstyle questions
 CorbettMaths: A mixture of procedural practice problems and applications using perimeters of shapes.
 JustMaths: Simple addition/subtraction and procedural questions only.
 KESH Takeaway: Procedural problems lifted from exam papers.
Enrichment, Extension and Problemsolving
Resources to extend thinking, enrich lessons or enhance problemsolving skills
Quick Puzzles and Problems
Median (Don Steward)
 More expressions magic squares: Large selection and variation on magic square problems.
 Algebraic simplification: Correct the mistakes.
Other Links and Resources
Useful stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else
Interactives
Collecting like terms bingo (InteractiveMaths)
Bingo generator with different levels of difficulty.
Bingo generator with different levels of difficulty.
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