My students are finishing up their 3rd unit which is all about solving equations. The unit includes:
- Solving 1-step through multi-step equations.
- Writing equations from applications and then solving
- Special solution cases (no solution and infinite solutions)
- Solving Absolute Value Equations
- Writing absolute value equations from a graph
- Writing and solving absolute value equations from a scenario
- Ratios and proportions
- Solving proportions
- Percent of change problems (emphesis on working backwards to find original value or final value)
- Literal equations
To help them review, I’ve made the following set of task cards (to be done at 11 different stations around the room), using problems from a variety of different resources. I have my students for 2 periods each day, so we should be able to finish in one class. If you have only one period per day, this might take you 2 periods. OR you could give students the choice of picking any 2 problems from each station to complete.
I will have students work in groups of 4 and will give them 8 minutes per station. If they finish early, I have an additional review assignment for them to work on in the meantime. On the back of each card is the final solution, so students can quickly check if their work is on the right track, or not. If they’re really off and can’t find where they’ve gone wrong, I’ve also provided the fully worked out solutions for each problem at the given station (but that is only to be used if truly needed).
The fonts Riffic and Arcon are used, throughout. If you plan on editing the Word Document to fit the needs of your own class, you’ll want to download those two free fonts. Otherwise, the PDF is good to go!
I have each station paper-clipped together. Each station contains 4 problems that are placed inside a white half-sheet of paper that contains the fully worked out solutions. The white paper with full solutions are there only in case a full group of students truly get stuck.
The front of the cards have the question (and problem number). The back side has just the answer–no hints as to how that answer was reached. Students can collaborate together to get the right answer, if their answer didn’t initially match. If they’re really stuck, they are allowed to use the white solutions paper for the station.
Here’s an example of the solution paper for Station 8. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job. It’s meant to get a group “unstuck” if they couldn’t figure something out together. After all, there’s only one of me and 36 of them, so extra help is sometimes good to provide.
Here’s a look at all of the questions, from each station (the problems are to be cut apart, and turn into 3″x5″ rectangles).