Students have to match up linear and quadratic expressions in words, algebraic form, tables and area models. Each pair received the 4 sheets on good, brightly coloured paper and cut out the pieces. My students were having great mathematical conversations, were arguing and really engaged for the entire class. Here are some pictures of their work along the way.
I did warn them that there may not be 4 pieces to each match. In fact, some have 6, another only has 1 (they add the ones that are missing). As I circulated, I had good conversations about concepts like whether 3n^2 was the same as (3n)^2. The area models really help me guide students without giving away the light bulb moment.
This is what the back of my classroom now looks like:
I will leave a note to my future self - most students need a full 75 minutes to complete this activity.
I gave them this "Quadratics - Putting It All Together" handout for homework.