Are your students struggling with solving equations with variables on both sides? Are they refusing to read through their notes or look at examples that are written out for them? Maybe it is time to try something new!
Personally I have been trying to figure out how to come up with a hands-on tool that would allow each student to "unfold" the steps solving an equation. Often there are fancy apps or textbook examples but they don't stop and try to do the work side by side.
I have created this 8 page foldable activity that will be great for your first time equation solvers! This would be especially great in a learning support environment. If copied front to back this will create 4 equations with variables on both sides that they students can roll up and fold in order to reveal the various steps in the equation. It gives them a chance to guess the next step before seeing it.
-Print out the attached pages
-Photocopy each 2 page equation on double sided paper
-Cut the bottom margin off
-With Side 1 facing toward you, start "rollling" the paper up making creases on each of the lines. (It will fold in a continuous direction...not back and forth like a fan fold)
-Once the students have rolled/folded the paper only the title and the initial equation will be viewable.
-Your students can explore these and keep them in their notebooks when they want their own "low tech" interactive examples.
I tested these with my classes and the kids really appreciated the creativity and unique approach. Some of them thanked me and really appreciated the different style of notes.
Let me know how it works in your classroom! Thanks and happy teaching!
Algebra: Equations with Variables on Both Sides Foldable Notes
by Dana Burrows
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License