Study Jams! Addition & Subtraction Equations

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Zoe is decorating a cake for her grandpa's birthday and needs to know how many more candles to add. Follow along as she explains how to set up and solve algebraic equations in this step-by-step presentation. Equations with negative numbers and variables are included, so be sure young mathematicians are familiar with adding and subtracting integers before presenting this resource. Complete with guided practice problems and a brief formative assessment, this would make a great in-class or homework assignment following a lesson plan on addition and subtraction equations. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Demonstrates how to check the solution of algebraic equations by plugging the answers back into the original equations
  • Includes a sing-along karaoke song that reinforces an understanding of the order of operations
  • Multiple real-world examples demonstrate how algebra is used in every day life
  • Slide show presentation and Try It! practice problems are printable
Cons

  • A more in-depth explanation of using the inverse operation to solve equations is needed to support all learners with understanding this key concept