# Activity: Algebra Sandwich

Need to practice some algebra? Need to remember to show your work? Not a problem, lets create an Algebra Sandwich.

*I credit this idea to something similar in The Creative Teacher. One of the best books for classroom creativity.*

### What you will need:

- different colored paper
- scissors
- markers
- stapler

## The Contents

Lets think about what goes on a sandwich. For this we will use

- bread (2
pieces)
- mustard
- tomatoes
- mayonnaise
- ham
- cheese
- lettuce

## Making the Contents

Using your colored paper and scissors cut out each of the items above, like so:

## The Equation

Next, use the following equation to solve for x

2x + 3 + 6x - (-1) = 20

Each piece of your sandwich represents **one step** of your algebra problem

2x + 3 + 6x - (-1) = 20 (Bread)

(2x + 6x) + (3 + 1) = 20 (Mustard)

8x + 4 = 20 (Tomatos)

8x + 4 - 4 = 20 - 4 (Mayo)

8x = 16 (Cheese)

8x/8 = 16/8 (Ham)

x = 2 (Lettuce)

Showing Work (Bread)

## Enjoy!

Finally, staple everything together and eat your algebra sandwich

Activity courtesy of Hands On Math