Aboriginal Perspectives
Aboriginal Perspectives
Equations with Symbols from Star QuiltsAlison Kimbley

Subject Area: 
Mathematics 

Strand: 
Patterns and Relations 

Grade Level: 
Four 

Content (topic) 
Exploring onestep equations with variables 

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Appendix 1: 
Equation template 

Appendix 2: 
Sample Questions
Mary needs 15 light blue diamonds for her design. She has cut out 8 light blue diamonds. How many more does she need to cut out? Write an equation to represent this problem. (8 + Δ = 15.) Alison needs 10 yellow diamonds to finish her design on the quilt she has 2 yellow diamonds. How many more diamonds will she need to cut out? Write an equation to represent this problem. Jake cut out 20 black diamonds, however during recess 7 diamonds fell off his desk, how many diamonds does Jack have left? Katherine forgot to keep count when she was cutting out her diamonds; she only needed 23 diamonds in total. However she cut 4 purple diamonds, 12 black diamonds, and 12 yellow diamonds. How many extra diamonds did Katherine cut out? Show this in an equation. Lidia needed 16 purple diamonds to finish her design; she had cut 10 purple diamonds. How many more does she need to cut out? Write an equation to represent this problem. 