Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides Fun Activity

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Looking for a fun way to help your math students practice solving equations with variables on both sides? In this activity, students solve 15 equations to create 5 different codes. They email the codes and will receive "painting" instructions if their codes are correct! It's an easy way for students to check their answers without asking a teacher! The students will use the directions from the automatic replies to create a colorful design on the back side of the worksheet.

Test it out! Send an email to and put testcode:123 in the subject line. You should receive an automatic reply! If it doesn't appear after a few seconds, you may need to check your spam folder or see if it's being blocked by your school. You will want to make sure your students can receive emails from parties outside of their domain before using this activity. A printable set of "painting" instructions is also included if students do not have access to the emails.

Solutions include positive and negative integers. Your students will need blue, green, red, yellow, and orange crayons, markers, or colored pencils to complete the work of art (I wouldn't recommend actual paint unless you're feeling extra brave!).

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