Now comes the fun part Any bags that you use have to be balanced on the other side of the equation with empty ones.
Sometimes the generated worksheet is not exactly what you want. This will probably give you a good indication of how many jelly beans there are in each bag.
Eating the jelly beans is optional. The 3 in the 3x means that we need three bags. The problems give the student the expression in words, such as the quotient of 7t and 5, the difference of x and 8, divided by 2, or the quantity 8 plus 2t, cubed, and ask the student to write a mathematical expression to match that.
The goal is to isolate the bags on one side of the balance without any loose jelly beans while still balancing the equation. Probably the best way to illustrate this is through an example.
You may recognize the x as the unknown which is actually the number of jelly beans we put in each opaque bag. Ideally, you will want some opaque bags with no mass, but since that isn't quite possible the no mass partthere is a bit of a condition here that will actually help students understand equations better.
Instead, they belong to a different kind of equations. Now, we realize this won't work for every linear equation as it is hard to have negative jelly beans, but it is another teaching strategy that you can use for algebra.
The last step is to divide the loose jelly beans on one side of the equation into the same number of groups as there are bags.