Name Letters

3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Standards:
Math Content:
Algebra

Miss Spelling bought chocolate letters so that her students could spell their names. However, the total cost for each student's name varied greatly, since some letters cost more than others. If you were one of Miss Spelling's students, how much would your name cost? Full details can be found in the Exploration section below or by viewing the Name Letters Activity Sheet.
Name Letters Activity Sheet

When you think you've cracked the code and can determine the cost of your name, check your answer using the form below.

• Enter in your name and the total cost you think your name costs in chocolate.
• Then, click the Check Answer button.
• The results will tell you whether you are correct or not.

There are 29 students in Miss Spelling’s class. As a special holiday gift, she bought each of them chocolate letters with which they can spell their names. Unfortunately, some letters cost more than others — for instance, the letter A, which is in high demand, is rather pricey; whereas the letter Q, which almost no one wants, is relatively inexpensive. The price of the chocolate letters for each student in her class is shown in the table below.

 AIDEN – 386 ARI – 209 ARIEL – 376 BLAIRE – 390 CHARLES – 457 CLARE – 334 DEAN – 317 EARL – 307 FRIDA – 273 GABRIEL – 410 IVY – 97 KOLE – 249 LEIA – 317 LEO – 242 MAVIS – 246 NADINE – 453 NED – 236 PAUL – 167 QASIM – 238 RACHEL – 394 RAFI – 231 SAM – 168 TIRA – 299 ULA – 148 VERA – 276 VIJAY – 179 WOLKE – 272 XAVIER – 346 ZERACH – 355

How much would it cost to buy the letters in your name?