Word Problem remix here.
I started by playing some Soulshine from Gov’t Mule to set the mood if you will. From there I pretty much just showed the image below which is a screenshot from the Ticketmaster site when I went to buy the tickets.
This is not the exact image from Ticketmaster because I photoshopped out where they give the subtotal for the cost of the tickets and also where they again give the Tickets/items price because I wanted the students to have to take into consideration the order processing fee.
At this point I just let the black rectangle do it’s thing. Student engagement was high. I required each student to also draw a diagram of this situation that would be useful in explaining their thought process.
Then the reveal.
And lastly I give them the original textbook problem that inspired the remix:
A ticket agency sells tickets to a professional basketball game. The agency charges $32.50 for each ticket, a convenience charge of $3.30 for each ticket, and a processing fee of $5.90 for the entire order. The total charge for an order is $220.70. How many tickets were purchased?
I had very high engagement in all three algebra classes even with the textbook problem. The students felt confident with it and they wanted to figure it out. Success!
As a side note, lead singer / guitar player Warren Haynes is one of my idols, so giving him some props in a lesson was fantastic. A few year ago he headlined the High Sierra Music Festival and it was the greatest set I’ve ever experienced. It’s here. I recommend beginning with his rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind” with Ruthie Foster (track 10)