Colouring Pikachu by Linear Systems Word Problems - Collaborative Math Mosaic
Catch a Pokémon right in your math class! Collaborative motivation meets individual accountability in this highly engaging linear systems word problems / applications colouring task! Each student's worksheet represents a small section of the large Pikachu.

3 different mosaic sizes are included, to accommodate different class sizes. (12, 16, and 24 sheet mosaics are included.)

Students solve a rich variety real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables. Problems involve motion, mixtures, investments, money and value, etc.

This task lends itself perfectly to small-groups, since each worksheet is different but structurally similar. Expect to overhear some rich mathematical dialog taking place! This is a challenging assignment, but the collaborative reward will drive them to the end goal. A HANDY SOLUTION EXEMPLAR FILE IS INCLUDED!

INCLUDED (.pdf and .docx everything):
• Complete class sets of worksheets for the 12, 16, and 24 sheet mosaics
• Exemplar Solutions for every type of problem contained on students' worksheets. Post this, or use it for examples during your lesson!
• TEACHING TIPS page for smooth implementation of this product
• Complete answer keys for all worksheets
• Completed coloured mosaic guide with coordinates to help you assemble the finished product

• Each worksheet contains twelve assorted linear systems word problems
• Each worksheet contain a randomized answer list at the bottom, allowing students to check their answers before colouring.
• All problems have (or round to) integer solutions for the two variables, although percentages, decimals or fractions may be involved in the process of solving.

All my “Colouring by…” worksheets use standard pencil-crayon colours found in the Crayola 24 pack. For best results, use the exact colour name match, and have all student use the same colouring medium. Perhaps a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun math department investment!

•8.EE.C.8.c “Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables.”
• Also: 8.EE.C.8, 8.EE.C.8.a, HSA.REI.C.6, HSA.REI.C.5, High School: Modeling

Ontario Curriculum – MPM2D (Grade 10 Academic)
• Analytic Geometry 1.1 & 1.2 → Solve linear systems… in real life applications.

Feedback, suggestions, and frontline stories are always welcomed!

Thanks for checking this out! Gotta catch ‘em all… (students, I mean)
~CalfordMath (
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