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This is the BEST way to first learn to solve equations with variables on both sides. Students will use money (real or pretend coins) to find the value of a piece of candy.
Students are engaged because:
1. There's candy.
2. They are solving problems hands-on without writing anything down.
Students will finally represent the manipulative problems they did with actual equations. From that point on, they will be able to make a connection between an equation, and the real-life scenario of buying candy.
(If students have already learned to solve equations with variables on both sides, this can still be a beneficial review activity. I also use this when I tutor struggling students individually.)
Lesson Plan steps/instructions and answer key included.
Will take a full class period.