Solving Multi-Step Equations (Day 1)

50 Minute Class, Algebra 1, Curriculum

Learning Goal: Develop and practice procedural fluency for solving multi-step equations.


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  • Common Core
    • 8.EE.C.7 – Solve linear equations in one variable.
    • 8.EE.C.7.B – Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.
  • TEKS (2015-16)
    • A.5(A) – solve linear equations in one variable, including those for which the application of the distributive property is necessary and for which variables are included on both sides

4 thoughts on “Solving Multi-Step Equations (Day 1)

  1. Hey Dane,
    Can you explain the notice/wonder section of the notes here? I’m wondering what kids write there.

    I’m also super curious about your decision to include two problems with fractions/decimals before kids work with equations that have integer answers. Is it because of their exposure to decimal answers with the “filling it up” problem?

    1. Hey Aseem,

      The notice wonder was an attempt to get the kids to slow down and notice what’s in the equation before proceeding with solving steps. For example, I wanted them to notice parentheses so they can think through what they probably need to do with numbers in front of parentheses. It was a stretch, but I was hoping to set a good foundation of notice wonder at the beginning of the year.

      As for the decimals, I honestly don’t know why I started there. Could’ve just been an example from a state test to get them ready for what they’ll see there. Also, I may have wanted them to get used to not always having a whole number answer. Probably better to start with whole numbers though and increase the challenge as we go.

  2. Hi Dane, I absolutely love your classwork ideas and your level up sheets. I plan on using them in my class this year. I may have an idea for you. How about Qr codes for the links?

    1. Thanks for the idea! I’ve used QR codes in the past and like them. I haven’t needed them in my current district though because we do most of our work on paper instead of technology. What’s your vision for using QR codes here?

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