Sneak in Solving Linear Equations — SolveMe Mobiles

As part of my day to day warm up series in my grade 9 applied class we are solving  Solve Me Mobiles. Like what VisualPatterns does for my students and learning and discovering linear relations — Solve Me Mobiles is having students solve equations without really knowing it.

Puzzles are presented with minimal distraction and with clarity. Puzzles require no explanation. Students know exactly what its asking for.

Today we started on Puzzle 12 and completed up to puzzle 14 (first 15 minutes of class).

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As students explain their strategies to the class I translate their words into small equations…. All with the goal in mind of sneaking in equation solving.

Jill easily solved a 1-step equation on the left side…and then used pictures to help solve the 2-step equation on the right.

Onto Puzzle 13,

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After Carl explained his strategy I used the opportunity to discuss opposite operations.


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Here’s what one student wrote to solve this one…


And we translated that answer into this one.


All this took about 15 minutes of class time….and then we were onto something else!

Work it in! —- SolveMe Mobiles

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