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# Christmas Algebra – Solve Exponential Equations

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Working with exponent laws around Christmas time (Winter Break)? Solve exponential equations by applying exponent laws in this practice. All equations are solved WITHOUT the use of logarithms. Add a little holiday spice to exponential equations practice with this Christmas-themed math activity.

The Math:
Find 26 exponential equations that can be solved easily with the rules of exponents (Rules: Product, Quotient, Power to a Power, Zero power, Negative Exponents). Easily differentiate by giving struggling students a scaffolded version of the same worksheet. Also find a worked out solution key.

★Common Core Standards: SSE.A.2, SSE.B.3c, REI.B.3

The Holiday Twist:
Students solve 15 random equations (out of 26 equations). Then to save grading time (on winter break!) for the teacher, they use their answers to reveal a hidden message on one Christmas-themed greeting card. Find 8 greeting card messages in this product. Two of the 8 unashamedly use Christmas in the message; another is a joke about X-mas. No I’m not telling; it is that good. These messages are grouped together so that one could choose not to use them. Also find one very generic message for any student whom traditionally celebrates other holidays (or doesn’t celebrate). I enjoy hand selecting the recipient of the message, matching the message to the student’s personality.

Remember when the students turn in their work they are essentially sending the teacher the Christmas card. “Oh what thoughtful students I have!”

What makes this product a must-have?
Self-checking: Know at a glance if students completed the activity correctly.

Novel Practice: Mixing-up that traditional worksheet perks up kids.

Holiday Cheer: Throw in a little holiday spirit WITHOUT compromising rigorous academic standards.

A Common Core Standard Simplified: Algebra I students experience exponential equations before learning of logarithms.

♩ Note: Problems are identical to this Exponential Equations Hangman.

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