I am reviewing Binomial Expansion with my support kiddos and I wanted an activity that had them working. I had them breakup into partners and then explained the activity. I had the following chart on the board to help explain.
I printed 6 copies of the pdf attached below and cut up the problems and placed them in the bags above. Problems 16 where in Bag A, 712 in Bag B, 1318 in Bag C, 1964 in Bag D, and 69100 in Bag E. I increased the point value as the problems increased in difficulty. LEAVE THE QUESTION #S ATTACHED TO EACH SLIP OF PAPER. (Trust me, this will save your sanity) I also need to mention that I did not create the worksheet or answer sheetI believe as the pdf states, that Steve Blade did. Thank you Steve Blade! I then let students pick which bag to draw a problem from and I recorded the problem number on my grade sheet in the corresponding Bag letter. The last page of the PDF has all solutions on it. I just looked at the number on the slip and checked it with the corresponding number on the solution page! The advantage of printing multiple sheets and having students draw, this eliminated groups working together or copying off eachother. I did not let students pick another problem till they got their current one correct. What I liked: 1) Gave students the opportunity to choose what type of problem they complete 2) Limited the number of types of problems the did to 3 of each kind 3) Gave students the flexibility to earn a higher grade and their grade was a true reflection of their effort Recommendations: 1) Encourage students to try all bagsI had students get stuck on the harder problems from Bag E and waste a good bit of time 2) I let my students earn up to a 130 on this assignment
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DJShaffer
4/22/2015 12:42:25 am
Thank you so much for this activity. My kids loved it! I made it more of a competition. I will use this again, thanks!
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Rebecca Elliott
5/17/2016 11:56:14 am
We did this activity in my Algebra I Math Team class. It was a huge hit. The kids enjoyed it, and liked the fact that they could pick the number/difficulty of the problems.
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Brenda Morgan
9/14/2016 12:55:40 pm
This looks like a great activity. However, I cannot print page 2, it is jibberish. the other pages of the problems printed fine. Do you have any suggestions?
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