Looking for an exciting way to practice one-step equations with your students?

Why you'll love this

Have your students play the role of an FBI employee trying to crack a secret message from one of their agents. You'll play a video to set the stage, and then your students will solve 18 one step equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Solutions are positive whole numbers or decimals only. Each solution unlocks part of the message. Play the answer reveal video at the end to finish class in an exciting way.

It's print-and-go and the included videos make it effortless — great for end of unit review, independent practice, group work, or even an emergency sub plan!

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What's included?

This codebreaker product is a compressed zip file that contains two videos and an 11-page PDF document. Simply download, unzip, and open up the folder with all the files!

Here's the full list of contents:

  • Video #1: Introduction of FBI Role + Mission

  • Video #2: Answer Reveal

  • Post video discussion (1 page)

  • Instruction Sheet (1 page)

  • Message + Problem Sheets (4 pages)

  • Answer Key (4 pages)

  • Mission Accomplished Sheet (1 page)

How can I use it?

Here's one way you could use it in your classroom:

  1. Play the introductory video. Our animated video sets the stage, introducing students to their role of cracking the code to complete the mission.

  2. Work alone or together. Students solve 18 problems, and get immediate feedback. Students match their solutions with symbols in an answer bank. If students can't find a symbol, that's a nudge to redo the problem.

  3. Play the answer reveal. You can play the answer reveal video or just walk through the answers with students, or pass out a copy of the included answer key for students to check!

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