Reflection: Student Ownership Instant Riches Day 2 of 2 - Section 2: Finishing the Activity


One of the main theme of the lesson "Instant Riches"  is you need to develop a systematic plan for solving for unknown values because guess and check is not always the most efficient skill.  Some students really struggled to find answers at all to questions that required lengthy decimal answers such as the ones in the tables where students were asked to find initial investment amounts there were very long decimals (I told them to answer the tables mathematically, not realistically for the place value of money.).   This discuss lead to student presentations of strategies and good discussions of approaching investment values but never reaching them and why.  Here is one student's presentation to the group.

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Instant Riches Day 2 of 2

Unit 3: Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
Lesson 5 of 29

Objective: SWBAT begin working backwards to productively solve for missing information when guess and check becomes too difficult a strategy.

Big Idea: Algebank is offering great investment opportunities! Let students decide how much of an investment is a good idea.

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Math, solving equations, Algebra, Collaboration Strategies, 8th grade math, master teacher,
  50 minutes
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