This is an exciting lesson for middle school math students in which they learn to translate between algebraic expressions written in word form to algebraic expressions written with mathematical symbols. The theme of the lesson is World War II and the role the Navajo Indians played in the war effort. Students learn the importance of the Navajo language as a code during the war. Students train to become better translators and increase in rank from "Private", to "Colonel", and lastly to "General". As a culminating activity, students race against the clock to translate important messages (algebraic expressions) in a fast-paced matching game that is sure to leave them begging for more!
The lesson includes the lesson plan PDF, PowerPoint animated game, SMART Notebook file, Translation Manual template, and 32 Translation Matching cards.