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How to run this activity in your class? I purchased a treasure chest; however, you could just print one or project one on your smart board.

Treasure chest

Next, I purchased two locks with 3 number combinations. Mine were two of the ones shown below: I locked one through the treasure chest and one through the other lock.


We are currently working on factoring. Here is a sample of my activity.

Give them a problem set:

  • Factor out the GCF:  14x³ – 2x² + 8x  and g^4 + 24g³+12g²+4g
  • Next give them clue one for lock #1.
  • Add the coefficients together from the GCF from problem set #1. This is the second number in the combination.
  • Give them the next problem set.
  • Give them the next clue.
  • Repeat steps until they have the combinations for both locks.


Once they crack the treasure chest, it there is a note that says, “Thank for taking a peak, now you may have a PEEP. If you don’t want a Peep, you may have one of the eggs I have laid.”

I have both Peeps and Cadbury Eggs for prizes.


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