Three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource, available on the TES website, that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms
What is it? If you've never played the classic pencil-and-paper game Boxes (sometimes called Dots and Boxes), some would say you've not lived. The original game involves capturing boxes by joining dots in horizontal and vertical lines. This resource gives it a makeover so that it becomes the perfect tool for teaching algebraic substitution. The aim is still to "capture" boxes, but in order to work out the value of the squares they win, students need to use their simplifying and substitution skills.
How can it be used? This resource from stroevey is ideal for consolidating understanding of simplifying algebraic expression or substituting into a formula. The game focuses on four variables, each with positive values. But you can always increase the challenge by adding a w2 or x - 3y into the mix, or changing the values of some of the variables to negatives. Creating several versions of the board will allow for quick and simple differentiation.
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