Just a quick post today to share a fun, quick Easter activity I’ve done in the past with Algebra/Pre-Algebra classes in case you want to try it…
Fill up an odd number of Easter eggs with pennies (put the same number of pennies in each egg). Hide the eggs in the classroom before class begins.
When the students come in, ask for 2 volunteers. Have those 2 students search for Easter eggs. Since you have hidden an odd number of eggs the two students obviously will have found a different number. Tell them that you want to be fair so you are going to even out the amount of money each student has by giving them some loose coins.
In the picture, you can see student A only found 1 egg and student B found 4. So, I gave student A $0.25 and student B $0.04 to even out the total amount of money each student has.
Ask the class to figure out how much money is in each egg. (You can give the money to the first student to get it correct as a prize if you want.) Discuss how they figured it out and prove they are right by opening the eggs (in this case there is $0.07 in each egg).
There you have it – a fun way to have students solve equations with variables on both sides (without them even realizing that’s what they are doing!)
Thanks for reading,