# Distributive Property & Combining Like Terms Puzzle – CCSS 6.EE.A.3

## This puzzle is an engaging way to review combining like terms and the distributive property!

These problems are aligned with CCSS 6.EE.A.3 and they contain positive numbers only.

There are two versions of the puzzle included – a full page size, and a half-page size that will fit perfectly in your interactive math notebook!

## Students LOVE puzzles. Compared to a traditional worksheet, a puzzle is MUCH more fun!

Puzzles force our students to think, whether they want to or not!

Not only will your class have fun, but you don’t need to prep!

## Just print and go – Easy!

Give yourself a break!

To solve the puzzle, students will simplify each expression by combining like terms and using the distributive property, and match it with the equivalent expression on another piece.

Try using this puzzle in a math station when you are doing rotations. You’ll probably want to cut out the pieces in advance and laminate them to save time.

## How Can You Use this activity?

• Independent Practice
• Group (or Partner) Work
• At Home Practice
• Assessment
• Review

## 6th Graders in Hawaii enjoying this puzzle:

One student liked the puzzle so much that she wrote me a letter! There’s a first for everything…

## What can you do about early finishers?

This is a great puzzle for all skill levels! If you get some early finishers, no big deal! Give them some blank triangles and have them add their own expressions!

You could make it a contest and see who can add the most triangles to their puzzle before the time expires!