# Summer SAVY Session 3, Day 1 – Solving for the Unknown: Mathematical Problems, Patterns, and Variables

Posted by on Monday, June 26, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 1:  In “Solving for the Unknown” this morning, we began by hearing from students about what they are excited to learn this week. We dove right into the foundations of algebra by learning how to write expressions using an unknown number or variable. Students already had a great grasp of this concept and shared their prior knowledge. We explored students’ own definitions of expressions and equations. Many students had a great understanding of equations, but the term “expression” was lesser known. We also solved equations using the strategy of working backward. In the afternoon, students were mesmerized by a mathematical trick using cards with numbers 1-10 on them. Students learned how the trick works by exploring what happens when the quantity of a variable changes to solve a problem. The students cannot wait to trick you! See if your student will be willing to explain the math involved in this magic trick! Students then created their own Magic Number Trick!

Tomorrow, we will dive into some Variable Puzzles and practice equation solving using new strategies as it is an important skill in algebra. Additional practice for students that will further support their learning would include practicing solving equations using inverse operations.

See examples here: 2N + 3 = 9 and (20 ÷ 4) – N = 3 (Key: 3 and 3)

Warm Regards,

Ms. Chelsea and Ms. Ellie