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Decoding Machine


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Decoding Machine

In this math lesson, learners explore variables and their uses. Learners pretend to be FBI agents and make a TOP SECRET tool that enables them to decode and find the values of hidden messages and words. Learners make their simple "decoding machines" out of paper and tape.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Notebook paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pen/pencil

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Variables and Expressions
    • Number and Operations
    • Problem Solving

Informal Categories


  • Crime Science

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Utah LessonPlans

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Utah Education Network in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Higher Ed Utah,

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