Thursday, April 17, 2014

Solving One Step Equations

My sixth graders have been hard at work on their Algebra unit and have been using algebra tiles as well as hands on equations to model and act out these equations.  The Common Core Standard we have been working on this week is

Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which pq and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.

After all this great visual modeling and hands on experience, my students were ready to transition to a mental model and solve some problems.  With the nice spring weather we have been having, I was looking for a way to get kids up and moving and engaged in their math practice.  In order to do this, I created several QR code scavenger hunts for them.

I love when students are up and out of their seats!  Kids were super engaged in this and it was easy to see who was struggling and who needed more help.

Students need a digital device with a QR code reader app (there are MANY free ones!)  My students worked in pairs sharing a device.  We used a variety of smartphones, iPads and other tablets.
Students scan the start card, figure out the answer and find it on the next card.  If they get the wrong answer, chances are they won't be able to find it and will know they need to go back and check their answer again.  When the students finish, you know all their answers are right!  Practice for them and no grading for you.  I did make an answer key in case students get off track but I didn't even need to pull it out!
Here is a students' record sheet from the Addition and Subtraction QR Code Scavenger Hunt

The kids had so much fun and got such great practice with solving addition and subtraction equations that I created another one for multiplication and division equations.  I also created a third one that combines all 4 operations into one scavenger hunt.
If your students are new to solving one step equations, this is a great place to start!

When your students are ready, here is a great way to practice multiplication and division equations

This scavenger hunt combines all 4 operations and is a great way to review for the unit assessment or standardized testing.  

To save you time and money, I have bundled all three scavenger hunts into one product!  Check it out here!
How do you make solving 1 step equations fun for your students?

1 comment:

  1. Neat! Not having to grade papers is a big bonus and the kids get to be so much more engaged. I love it!
    Kids Math Teacher