Great for Back to School time! This a great icebreaker activity to help students get to know each other, while also practicing solving one-step equations. Even if students haven’t formally been taught the steps to solving equations yet, this is a simple way for students to think about finding the “mystery number”.
Students first brainstorm things about themselves that relate to the numbers 0 to 9 that would be interesting facts they could share with the rest of their classmates ("I have lived in THREE different cities", "I read SEVEN books this summer", "I have ZERO sisters", etc.). Students solve the equations on their particular card (there are 30 distinct cards included to use). Then, they find different facts about their classmates that equal the equations on their card and record what they've found.
This activity includes enough individual worksheets to give to 30 different students (however, this activity can easily be done in pairs as well). The worksheets are each different, to help ensure students are working to find out things about everyone in the class. Each worksheet has four different equations and one “free fact” to find a total of five different people to record about. Each worksheet has four of 22 possible equations (answer key included).
Also included is an optional brainstorming worksheet and questions to consider, as well as an answer key to the 22 possible equations.
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