TES Maths ROTW: Expanding brackets activity

Encourage secondary students to practise expanding double brackets with this unique, adaptable activity, recommended by TES Maths

Craig Barton

TES Maths, ROTW, Resource, Lesson, Algebra, Expanding Brackets, Secondary, KS3, KS4, GCSE, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Expanding double brackets activity

Resource author: CherryThunder

What is it?

This versatile activity not only provides a refreshing change from worksheets, but also encourages students to take control of their own learning and to push themselves.

Pupils take a question from the mystery box and answer it in their books, before returning to get another. Once they have completed three different questions, they mark their answers. If each question is correct, students can move on to the next box. If not, they must continue with their current box and ask for help.

It may be a simple idea, but it has the potential to be very effective.

How can it be used?

While this version of the activity is aimed at practising expanding brackets, there's no reason the format couldn't be used to consolidate understanding in any topic from Year 7 to Year 13. I also really like the author’s suggestion of having additional extension questions lined up for those students who manage to conquer the green box.

The mystery box is a novel idea, which adds a bit of excitement to proceedings and is definitely worth the extra preparation time.

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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