Celebrate CINCO de MAYO while practicing algebra skills!
There are CINCO (that’s five) puzzles in this packet to delight, challenge and engage your students while they dream of tacos and nachos and pinatas.
Seriously, this resource will help you focus attention on the meaning of Cinco de Mayo without going ‘loco.’ The puzzles are themed to the season and add some cultural attention and history.
Included are the following activities:
EVALUATING EXPRESSIONS - Riddle
Students evaluate expressions given values for the variables. This is a good exercise any time as students somehow forget to use order of operations when dealing with equations later in the curriculum.
IDENTIFYING THE NUMBER OF SOLUTIONS FOR LINEAR SYSTEMS
Students are asked to identify the number of solutions for systems of linear equations; no solutions, one solution or infinitely many solutions. Four of the systems have one solution. You may consider asking students to find the solution for any systems that have only one solution. The coloring page is coded with numbers that correspond to the problem numbers. They complete the assignment by coloring the spaces according to their answers.
The ability to read and extract clues is essential to math success. This logic puzzle is themed to Cinco de Mayo by featuring the two generals and two leaders involved in the Battle of Puebla.
HIDDEN PICTURE - Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
To find the hidden picture, students plot each coordinate pair and connect the points to create a line before starting on the next line. The design is very symmetrical, so you might find students following the pattern instead of plotting each point. This is a great mathematical exercise (even when they don’t plot all coordinates) and will prepare them for “seeing” geometric ideas. Most of the coordinate pairs are integers, but there are a few that include half increments. This will give you an opportunity to introduce your students to estimating if they haven’t yet acquired the skill.
CINCOdeMAYO (3 symbols) - Logic
The objective in this challenge is to find the value of each symbol. The sums for
each row and column are included in the table.
This puzzle can be solved algebraically, by writing equations (creating a system). Or by trial and error (with logic).
SOLUTIONS to all activities are included.
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HAVE FUN celebrating CINCO de MAYO and MATH!
5 puzzles plus solutions and notes