This is an awesome kinesthetic activity with higher order thinking involved to teach Simplifying Algebraic Expressions. Love it!
-- a complete, free lesson (with a collection of all the resources you need) -- Grade Level: Skills: understanding & simplifying a basic exponential expression (b^n) Materials: colored pencils,
How to Teach Simplifying Radicals ⋆ Algebra 1 Coach
factoring trinomials tarsia or multiplying binomials
Just print and use these detailed sketch notes focusing on the definition of a variable and expression and simplifying expressions with substitution.