Need to determine how much more money you will need after you add up your birthday money to buy a brand new laptop? Maybe you are in charge of a fundraiser and need to determine each person’s contribution. Writing Algebraic Equations to Solve Problems gives students the practice they need to solve these problems by identifying and explaining the steps needed to write and solve algebraic equations. This activity not only provides practice but allows students to be more aware of situations where algebraic thinking can be used to solve problems in their life.
In this activity students begin by identifying important information in a problem and then determine what is missing and how they are going to find it. This activity provides numerous opportunities for students to write and solve algebraic equations.