Solving Equations

Teach solving equations through an exploration of properties. Before pupils solve equations they manipulate them to produce equivalent equations. The activity switches the focus from finding a solution to applying properties correctly.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use before solving equations to improve understanding of properties
  • Ask learners to justify each step when solving equations
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils must be familiar with algebraic properties of solving equations
  • The 13th in a 30-lesson series

  • All handouts, keys, and a detailed teacher guide are included
  • Solves equations using different starting points to reinforce algebraic properties

  • None