This is a fun activity for students on solving a system of linear equations using the elimination method that gets students walking around, interacting with other students and working with a partner to solve a problem. There are 16 pages of questions, so you can use this activity for a classroom of 32 students. You can also do this activity multiple times, giving students different equations to work with.
1. Students are given a piece of paper with a linear equation for them and another linear equation of a partner in the classroom.
2. Students walk around the classroom to find their partner. Once they do, they sit down and work on the problem together.
3. Students can either submit their work to the teacher, or find a piece of paper hidden somewhere in the classroom with the correct answer. Answers have been provided at the bottom of each handout.
All questions here are of the easy/moderate level. Questions can be solved by adding or subtracting the equations to eliminate one of the variables in the first step. Students do not need to multiply equations first.
Answers are provided at the bottom of each handout. See preview for a sample of the activity.