I don’t know why it took me so long to get on this band wagon. DON’T be stupid like me and say, “I’ll get to it.” Read all about it and decide now to do this with your students next year!
Magic Tricks for solving equations is brilliant. Not only is it very fun for the students, it makes learning how to solve multi-step equations very easy for them to understand. It’s brilliant. I read all about it on Dan (week 3) and Sadie’s blogs. Go and read them to get the entire picture, especially since I harassed Sadie to blog about it forever! Thanks Sadie!
I teach my students one-step equation solving with my silly “monster math” first. Then, we start the magic tricks. After just one lesson they are hooked. My homework the first night is to make up your own magic trick and try it on someone at home, preferable a younger sibling! This year, a student even videoed this and sent it to me. See how fun this is?
After the first day, I teach them how to do more complicated equations that should fool even their older siblings and parents. It is all about simplifying algebraic expressions. This is also a great application of the distributive property. They can actually see when and why it makes sense to use parenthesis in an algebraic expression. I love fun lessons that have it all!