For this project students will choose a month in the year of your choice, and then make a calendar on poster board. They will NOT write the date in each box on the calendar. Instead, they will write an equation whose solution is the date. If you choose February, for example, your equation for the 15th might be 5x+9=84, because the solution for the equation is x=15.
This activity includes three different versions for three different ability levels. Version A is for students who you would consider beginners, low-level, or slow workers. Version B is for students who are working on grade level, and Version C is for those students who are working above grade level.
Versions A and B each include 31 pre-made equations which the students must solve. The answers to these equations are 1-31 which corresponds to the dates on their calendars. Version C, which is for advanced students, requires them to create their own equations that are equal to the days of the month. For example, for the 8th of August, students must create an equation that is equal to 8. All of the instructions for creating your own equations is included. Students are required to create 5 one-step equations, 5 two-step equations, 5 equations in which they must combine like-terms, 5 equations in which they must use the distributive property and 5 equations in which they must have variables on both sides of the equal sign.
Each version includes:
31 equations (except for Version C which requires students to create their own equations)
Calendar Template Answer Key
Equation Template (Activity Sheet)
Equation Template Answer sheet