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Subject: Math

Grades: 9, 10

Title – Solving Linear Equations – Review Game

Introduction:

Solving linear equations is a cornerstone of Algebra and other higher level math classes.
The skills involved are critically important to the students’ confidence and success within
high school mathematics. In this project, students develop a board game that help their
peers review solving linear equations. This project requires internet access as the students
will use various websites to collect sample problems of varying degrees of difficulty. The
entire project should use about 230 minutes of instruction time. Adjust as needed.

Overview:

Students work in groups of 2 or 3 to create a board game that reviews solving linear
equations. The students use the internet to research math problems as well as develop a
key of correct answers for each question in the game. After games have been constructed,
the students play each other’s games.

Goals:

Students will work together to research, plan, and construct a board game.

o Students will follow the teacher’s guidelines to complete the project.
o Students will solve linear equations of varying degrees of difficulty.

Rationale:

Students have the opportunity to:

o work in groups
o review skills needed for all higher level math classes Algebra and above
o review for chapter/unit test
o review for exam
o review for end of course test

Objectives:

1. The student will solve one step linear equations using addition and subtraction.
2. TSW solve one step linear equations using multiplication and division.
3. TSW use two or more steps to solve linear equations.
4. TSW solve linear equations that have variables on both sides of the equation.
5. TSW solve linear equations involving decimals and fractions.

Materials:

• access to the internet
• Algebra 1 textbook
• posterboard
• cardstock paper, notebook paper
• pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils
• rulers/straightedges
• dice
• game pieces
• calculators

Directions:

1. Spend a few minutes introducing the project providing a handout if desired.
2. Explain guidelines and student responsibilities. Student responsibilities should be
developed by the individual teacher. Sample guidelines are as follows:
a. Players will advance around the board.
b. Each player should have his/her own game piece.
c. How will the winner be decided?
d. Game questions will be various linear equations to be solved by the player.
e. Calculators and scratch paper will be allowed.
f. Directions and answer key will be provided.
3. Organize students into groups of 2 or 3. Allow the groups time to plan, organize, and use
the internet to research game questions. Be sure the students use a variety of questions
with various levels of difficulty.
4. Allow the groups time to construct their games.
5. After groups have finished making their games, allow the students to play other groups’
games.