Distributive Property Combine Like Terms — Guided Notes Doodle Color by Number


Make simplifying expressions with distributive property and combining like terms a blast with this 10-page packet of self-contained 4-in-1 lesson! Includes guided notes with doodles, practice worksheet, color by number activity, and real life application. All the expressions in this activity contains _only positive numbers. S_tudents will NOT need to know negative integers to apply the distributive property or combine like terms to simplify expressions.

Why you'll love this

This product contains scaffolded notes to help introduce the topic, 2 different activities (color by number + regular worksheet) to help with practice, and real life application page to connect math to real life. Students are first introduced to what the distributive property is, refresher on how to combine like terms, and then practice generating equivalent expressions using distributive property/combining like terms, and then read about how it's used in grocery shopping.

This product is part of the Expressions Bundle: Read, Write, Simplify, Evaluate Expressions!

It's print-and-go and artsy—if your students love color by number, color by code, or sketch notes, they'll love this lesson.

What is a 4-in-1 Product?

Contains all 4 elements needed to teach a concept:

  1. Guided notes (steps, vocabularies)

  2. In class practice (check for understanding)

  3. Independent practice (maze, color by number)

  4. Real life applications (how is this math concept used in the real world?)

What's included... (12 pages total)

✅ Guided Notes (2 pages).

  • Page 1: Distributive Property

  • Page 2: Distributive Property & Combining Like Terms

✅ Practice Problems (1 page, 5 longer expressions)✅ Color by Number: Solve problems to unlock colors to finish an art piece. (1 page, 9 problems)

✅ Real Life Application. (1 page)

✅ Answer Key. (5 pages)

Great for…

⭐ Introductory Lessons

⭐ Graphic Organizers

⭐ Scaffolded Notes

⭐ Interactive Notebooks

⭐ Review Lessons

⭐ Class Discussions

⭐ Extra Practice

⭐ Homework

Standards covered...

6.EE.A.3 Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + ) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3; apply the distributive property to the expression 24 + 18 to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4 + 3); apply properties of operations to + + to produce the equivalent expression 3.

6.EE.A.4 Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions + + and 3 are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number stands for.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Karen S. - “Just a good fun activity during the holidays for practicing skills! Great product!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️ Christine M. - “I put this out as an extra credit assignment for my 8th graders at the end of the square and cube roots unit.  The students who chose to do it seemed to enjoy the "doodle" part because it was different than a typical color by number task.  Thank you!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carly S. - “My students really loved this and it worked really well in my classroom!”

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