Well, I can hardly believe it, but today is the LAST freebie in my “12 Days of Christmas” math printables series! I hope you’ve enjoyed the free math resources I’ve shared, and can incorporate them into your math plans this December. Today, I’m sharing another set of silly Christmas riddles, but these practice pages focus on solving systems of linear equations. When I taught Algebra, this was one of my favorite topics to teach. I loved exploring the connections between the equations, the graph and the solution. And I liked helping kids understand what the solution represents. So if this is something you are working on with your students, I hope they have fun with this set of solving systems activity pages.
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Solving Systems of Equations Activity Pages:
This freebie is super simple, but provides fun practice of this important skill.
As I mentioned, this is similar to the silly Christmas riddles that I shared yesterday. But this time, kids must solve each system in order to determine the answer to the Christmas riddle.
It includes 2 pages of silly Christmas riddles that kids have to solve by solving each system of linear equations.
I do not specify what method should be used to solve the systems (that’s entirely up to you). But one page lends itself to solving by elimination and the other page is set up to solve more easily by substitution.
So if you’re working on one particular method, you may want to point that out, or you can let students choose the method that they prefer.
And of course, this download includes answer keys for your convenience. 🙂
Using the Christmas Algebra Riddles:
If you’re looking for a fun cooperative learning activity, you may consider putting your kids in small groups to work together to decipher the riddle.
They can each solve a couple of the problems, compare answers and make sure they’re understanding the process.
Or they can work with a partner and solve each problem using a different method and then compare answers.
And of course, if you give this to kids to work on independently, you can turn it into a competition: the first to solve the riddle (and correctly solve each system) wins a prize (or bragging rights! 😉 ).
And if your kids really enjoy it (even though the jokes are corny), have them complete the worksheets in class, then design their own challenging riddle for homework.
They can then exchange riddles with a partner the next day and you will have even more Christmas themed math fun!
(And please note: the riddles on these pages are different than those I shared yesterday, so if want to use all of them to get in some review before solving systems, you can do that!)
So if this sounds like a fun activity for your Algebra students this December, click the link below!
And again, today was the last day of my “12 Days of Christmas” math freebies, but I hope you will take some time to go through the other posts and grab as many of the fun freebies as you’d like! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!