# Algebraic Equation Snowflake

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Multi-Step Equations and Coordinate Graphing

This activity provides practice with both algebraic equation solving and coordinate graphing. This activity involves 1-step and 2-step equations using the distributive property and adding like terms. By solving equations, students will create pairs of Cartesian coordinates to create the lines of the snowflake. After they finish with that, they will plot the remainder of the snowflake using a list of coordinate points.

This activity can be a class project or something to be worked on independently when time allows. It also works as an extra credit assignment or when there is a substitute teacher. The finished product will make a great bulletin board display.

This lesson includes:

* 20 equations to solve

* Blank answer sheet for the student’s calculations

* Answer key for the equations with solutions

* Coordinate graph paper for plotting (with a light, medium and dark grid)

* Coordinate list of points to plot

* Full sized answer key

* Sample of the completed project in color

Also included is:

* Student Directions for Plotting Coordinates

* Directions for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions and Decimals

* Directions for Plotting Coordinates in Quadrant I

* Directions for Plotting Coordinates in All Quadrants

* Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in Quadrant I

* Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in All Quadrants.

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NCTM Standards

Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.4.A

Solve word problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.C.7.B

Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.

Keywords: Coordinate Drawing, Coordinate Drafting, Coordinate Graphing, Abscissa, Ordinate, Ordered Pair, Snowflake, Snow, Winter, Equations, One-step, Two-step, Multi-step, one step, two step multistep, multi step

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