Solving Equations Activities

Are you looking for a fun solving equations activity? In this post are a bunch of solving equations activities that work great as centers, stations, review activities and independent work.

When you ask adults what they remember about Geometry, they almost always answer, "A squared plus B squared equals C squared." And when you ask them about Algebra they think of solving equations. 

Algebra is so much about solving equations and the activities are always good for review, sub days and days before holiday breaks. In this post I round up some solving equations activities that I think are pretty awesome and that work great for any of these times.

free solving equations math pennant activity

"My students absolutely LOVE these pennants! And I hate decorating bulletin boards so this is a painless way to keep [things] festive!" -iheartmath

This solving 2-step equations math pennant is a free download on my blog. 

Students solve equations, color their pennants and then decorate the classroom with their work. I have seen so much benefit come from displaying student work that I wanted to make a solving equations activity that doubled as classroom decor. 

Solving equations with a graphic organizer that helps students see what steps to take

I use this solving equations graphic organizer with students who are having trouble solving equations. It gets kids solving equations fast when they have no idea where to even start. 

Solving equations using algebra tiles

Algebra tiles are a great way to introduce and practice solving equations. There is a free solving mat and set of paper algebra tiles in this post.

Kara from Learning Made Radical and I have been collaborating on these partner scavenger hunt activities that get kids working together. The one above is 2-step equations partner scavenger hunt

More info about partner scavenger hunts can be found here.

And this set of solving equations ornaments is fun for around the holidays.

My friend Alex from Middle School Math Man and I have been working on a new collaborative math game series called Voyage to the Treasure! In this game, students are on the same team, working together to solve their math problems to beat the Math Monster to the treasure. 

Here is a short video showing how the game works:

I've made a bunch of friends through this blog and my work with tpt. I reached out to some of my "math friends" for their solving equations activities. Here is a roundup of the ideas they sent:

The Sum-em activities from Karrie at Mrs. E Teaches Math are amazing in how they get students collaborating as a team. Students work in groups of 4, each getting a card. 

When everyone completes their problem, they sum their answers. If the sum is correct, the group is correct! If not, the group members help each other until all equations have been solved correctly. The cards above are for solving multi-step equations. 

Mrs. E also has a Sum-em activity for equations requiring distribution.

I love the looks of Karrie's colorful 2-step equations task cards, which can be used as practice or assessment.  

"You've got math talent!" I love, love, love find the error questions because of the way they foster higher order thinking. Especially with all that can go wrong with solving multi-step equations, finding errors is a super important skill to develop. 

The solving equations error analysis sheets from Amanda at Free to Discover work great as warm-ups, student practice, stations and homework. 

When I think of Jennifer from Smith Curriculum and Consulting, I think of her mind-blowing interactive notebooks. She runs workshops all over the country, teaching teachers about INBs. 

This flippable for solving equations is part of a mini-unit that also includes task cards and practice. 

Here is the inside of the flippable.

Jennifer has also been making these Spin to Win games that are pretty cool. Here is a photo of one in her 8th grade set for solving equations.

Kara from Learning Made Radical's no solution, infinite solutions and no solution cut and paste activity is a perfect way to hit 8.EE.C.7. It also requires the students to pause, think and really analyze the equations they are given.

Every activity in Kara's store is fun, including this scavenger hunt and a set of Google slides for solving equations with variables on both sides. 

My favorite thing about Alex from Middle School Math Man's math games is that the student who solves the fastest doesn't automatically win, helping all students feel included and like they have a chance. 

This is one of his newer games that covers multi-step equations

Mandy from Math Dyal has created a bunch of self-checking solving equations activities, which is important as students learn to solve (and super time-saving for us). This puzzle asks kids to distribute and combine like terms.

Mandy also made this beautiful coloring activity for 2-step equations that is also self-checking. Best yet, kids can choose their own colors, upping the buy-in.

And I love her solving equations dominoes because they are self-checking and, best yet, free! 

And what could be more fun than this battleship activity partner game from Tyra at Algebra and Beyond? The most determined multi-step equation solver (with a sprinkle of luck) wins. Students love this game. 


Are you looking for a fun solving equations activity? In this post are a bunch of solving equations activities that work great as centers, stations, review activities and independent work.

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