Algebraic Fractions: attending to simplification

This task uses the power of learner generated examples to draw attention to the constraints of when we can and cannot simplify algebraic fractions.  This is an area where many pupils make mistakes.  The first two tasks are deliberately designed so that learners chose from the small set of terms.  The next two sets give the learner opportunity to explore the example (and non example) spaces of these sorts of situations.

Credit:  @chrismcgrane84



  1. I used this resource in 8th grade algebra class today (thank you). Initial results are mixed, so tomorrow when I have a chance to bring them back together I'll know more as to whether they \”got it\”.


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