Welcome to Solving the Unknown With Algebra, a new math program aligned with Common Core State Standards and NCTM standards and designed to help students practice pre-algebra skills including using formulas, solving for unknowns, and manipulating equations. The unit follows the adventures of Rick and Athena as they solve real-world questions through powerful mathematical thinking!

Developed by The Actuarial Foundation with Scholastic, this program provides skill-building activities that use mathematics for real purposes, while motivating students to achieve success in the classroom and in real-world situations outside of school.


Students will: 

  • Explore how an equation works like a scale, with the equal sign serving as the balancing point
  • Identify what interest is as it pertains to saving and investing, and apply the compound interest formula
  • Learn what a square root is, and that squares and square roots are inverse operations and can be used to manipulate equations

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