This activity was developed by a student or students at Mainland High School which is located in Daytona Beach, FL. It is still a "work in progress" with editing and improvements yet to come. 

Look at your answer. Your answer should equal the number of sisters, Now, go back and redo the problem using variables. Let "b" equal the number of brothers, "s" equals the number of sisters, and "g" the number of grandparents. Explain in words why this works.
Is your answer ? Now, go back and redo the problem using variables. Let "n" equal the number. Explain in words why this works.
Is your answer ? Now, go back and redo the problem using variables. Let "n" equal the number. Explain in words why this works.
Your answer should show the month and date of your birth. Now, go back and redo the problem using variables. Let
"d" equal your birthdate. Explain in words why this works.
Now, go back and redo the problem using variables. Let "n" equal your house number. Explain in words why this works.
A screw and two blocks balance eight nails. One block balances a screw and a nail. How many nails will balance a block? Write equations to help solve this problem. Let "s" equal screws, "b" equal block, and "n" equal nails. Explain in words why this works.
A clip (paper clip) and two pennies balance eight boxes. One penny balances a clip and a box. How many boxes will balance a penny? Write equations to help solve this problem. Let "c" equal clips and "p" equal pennies. Explain in words why this works.
A bottle and a glass balance with a pitcher. A bottle balances with a glass and a plate. Two pitchers balance with three plates. How many glasses will balance with a bottle? Write equations to help solve this problem. Let "b" equal bottle, "g" equal glass, "p" equal pitcher, and "n" equal plates. Explain in words why this works.


