## Tuesday, November 12, 2019

### Emoji Math! (Student Blogging Challenge)

This week it is fun with Emojis!

There are a lot of options, but we chose Emoji math!

First, we looked at some sample Emoji Puzzles from Solvemoji. We got ideas about how to set up equations and use known numbers to solve unknown symbols.

Next, we created three equations on scratch paper. We thought about the unknown numbers and how to solve each equation. Then we made a key to help us solve our own puzzle.  After lots of tries, we were ready to create our Emoji puzzles on a Google Doc. It was fun to pick a theme!

To create in a Google Doc:

2. Go to INSERT in the menu bar
3. Select SPECIAL CHARACTERS
4. Select EMOJI

5. Select the topic or theme to use (See below) There are many!

Here are our first few puzzles. More to come!

 Mrs. Yollis' Emoji Math!

What is the value of the chicken drumstick?

 Ivy's Emoji Math!

What is the value of the sun?

 Emily E.'s Emoji Math!
What is the value of the green snake?

 Evan Emoji Math!

What is the value of the soccer ball?

 Kate's Emoji Math!
What is the value of the sunflower?

 Emily E.'s  Emoji Math!
What is the value of the bear?

Where you able to solve any of our puzzles?
If so, leave us a comment with your solution!

(More puzzles will be added here throughout the week.
Check back soon!)

1. Hi Mrs. Yollis and class,

I really enjoyed looking at all the different Emoji math puzzles and trying to figure each one out. Your class is so creative. I love how these puzzles have them thinking in a different way to solve for each emoji.

I love how they used google docs and special characters to create their mystery math. That is a very valuable skill to have.

This assignment shows your creativity, ability to use technology, and your math skills, all in one.

What new skill did you learn from this mystery math assignment?

Sincerely,
Laura (Emily E's Mom)

1. @ Laura (Emily E.'s Mom),

Thank you so much for your kind words! I enjoyed looking and solving all of the math puzzles, too. The themes were varied and added an interesting element to the algebra.

You are correct that there were so many different skills involved in this project. The math was tricky as we created the unknowns. The fun came when students were allowed to select a theme, set it up on a Google Doc, and then share it for classmates to solve. I loved it!

Students, which part of the project did you enjoy the most and why?

Warmly,
Mrs. Y♥llis

2. Hi @Mrs. Yollis and class,

I was excited to see this blog post. I was a math major in college, which means I LOVE math! I like the way you are using emojis to help teach algebra. Most kids I know love emojis, so it seems like a really smart way to engage the students. And probably a lot easier for them to understand than the x's and y's we learned in algebra (back in the last century).

I would like to solve Evan's Sports Algebra puzzle.
If 3 basketballs equals 30, then each basketball is equal to 10.
If 2 footballs minus one basketball equals 2, and we know the basketball equals 10, that means each football is equal to 6.
And then if 1 basketball (10) + 1 soccer ball + football (6) = 19, then the soccer ball must equal 3.

@Evan - did I get it right?

April (Ivy's mom)

1. Dear April AKA Ivy's mom,

Here is some amazing algebra. Ellie has 5 dogs each dog has ???? collars. If there are 10 collars altogether, how many collars does each dog have? 5xN=10 N=?

Sincerely,
Ivy and Dr.Hagle

2. Hi @Ivy and @Dr. Hagle,

Thanks for making me my own personalized Algebra problem. I love dogs just like I love math, so this is a fun one for me!

First of all, I want to mention that I think Ellie has a lot of dogs! Five dogs is a lot of mouths to feed and walks to take!!!

Now I will solve the problem. Five dogs and ten collars means each dog has 2 collars, because 10 divided by 5 is equal to 2. So if 5xN = 10, then N = 2.

Here is a new algebra problem for you to solve:
Ally has cats. She feeds each cat 2 meals per day. If she prepares 28 meals in a week for her cats, how many cats does she have?

I hope you enjoy solving my problem!

April (Ivy's mom)

3. Grandpa Joel (Ivy's grandfather)November 20, 2019 at 3:35 PM

Dear class,

I am Ivy's Grandfather - April's Dad. We are so proud of Ivy for this ingenious and creative example of algebra. In life -- and in my job as an accountant - solving for an "unknown" is a useful tool - and mastering algebra provides critical thinking skills. Good job all around - hat's off to Yollis and Company!

3. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

I just love your work here! I can see that you've put so many different skills together to make your emoji maths puzzles. This task not only involved maths, but lots of problem solving and tech skills too.

I will have a go at Ivy's solar system algebra. I'm guessing the sun is 9. Am I correct?
I first figured out the value of the earth (6), then the moon (1), and then that left the sun! I figured that 9 x 1 = 9 so it must be 9.

I look forward to sharing your work in next week's Student Blogging Challenge post.

Fun fact: Did you know in Australia we say maths and you say math? Funny! I think math is actually easier to say.

Best wishes from Australia,
Mrs Morris

4. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

You are such an inspiration to our class! We like checking in often to see what you are up to, and this post was excellent. We liked the emoji challenges, especially because we love math so much.

Keep up the outstanding blogging!
Miss Blessing and the 3rd/4th graders at MVCS
Vermont, USA

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