It hits all my requirements for a practice activity: it's self-checking, promotes dialog, allows for some differentiation, requires a little movement, and the kids are doing all the work.
To prepare, you will need cards or slips of paper with problems on one side and the answers on the other.
(Here are 16 Rational Expressions cards with answers and here are 15 Probability & Permutations cards with answers you can cut out, fold, and use.) It's important to use problems that will take all your kids about the same amount of time to complete. If you will have the whole class working together, you need as many problems as students.
If you are breaking the class into two distinct groups, you need half as many problems as students, but two copies.
I got this idea from Kate Nowak over at f(t) and I had been wanting to use her idea for one of my test reviews this year.
I did change it quite a bit but I am sure she will recognize it as her original idea.
When students arrived in my class this morning, the desks were arranged in pairs so that the desks were facing each other.
I had 6 pairs in each row for a total of 15 stations.
The answers are copied on the back of the card so that students can check their work.
Students will become an expert on the problem that they choose, so I want students to be able to pick a problem that they feel is accessible.
Once all of the students arrive I present Flipchart Rational Equations Day 2 (p.1-2) and explain the plan for class.
I know I should expect students to know this by now. I want an accurate representation of which students can and cannot solve a rational equation when it is applied in context.
Technology Note: If students will be texting in their answers, they are not expected to text in units as it will not mark the answer correct.