Shady Expressions Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 8, 9, 10

Shady Expressions resource description

Students are faced with 24 expressions in a grid and on page one are required to circle the expressions whose value is always a multiple of 3 and shade the expressions whose value always has a factor of 2.

Then on page 2 learners will circle the expressions whose value is always even and shade the expressions whose value is always odd.

Cazoom Maths Starters: Shady Expressions

This resource challenges learners to match number calculations (expressions) to their corresponding answers. It focuses on using the four basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


Why is practising with number expressions important?

This type of task helps develop:

  • Order of operations: Understanding the correct order to solve problems.
  • Calculation fluency: Improving skills in all four basic operations.
  • Problem-solving skills: Applying strategies to find solutions.
  • Algebraic thinking: Building a foundation for working with expressions.


How can this resource help?

This resource provides:

  • Engaging task: Challenge learners with a matching puzzle.
  • Clear instructions: Guides learners through the activity.
  • Focused practice: Concentrates on basic operations and order.
  • Free PDF download: Offers an easily accessible learning activity.


Benefits for learners:

  • Improves understanding of the order of operations.
  • Strengthens calculation fluency and accuracy.
  • Develops problem-solving and logical thinking.
  • Builds a foundation for more advanced maths concepts.

This resource is perfect for teachers looking for a warm-up activity or for parents wanting to support their child's maths learning by focusing on core calculation skills.



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