Unit: Equations


This unit is for students in upper elementary or middle school. It provides a foundation on equations, focusing on vocabulary, logical reasoning, and algorithmic manipulation. This can supplement a unit on equations or provide a needed review for students that need it.

Key topics include:

  • Equations, including true, false, and conditional equations
  • Properties of Equality
  • Solving One-Step Equations

Grades: 6-8



The suggested timeframe for each lesson can be adapted to suit your needs.

Days 1-2: Speaking Math

Introduction of key vocabulary around equations. This is a gamified experience with word puzzles and other games.

Introduce these terms and definitions

  • Equation
  • Equality
  • Solution
  • True Equation
  • False Equation
  • Algebraic Expression
  • Equals Sign
  • Conditional Equation
  • The Unknown

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Goal: Gain an understanding of the key words used throughout this unit.




Days 3-4: Building Blocks

Introduction to the properties of equality:

  • Addition Property of Equality
  • Subtraction Property of Equality
  • Multiplication Property of Equality
  • Division Property of Equality


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Goal: To develop a concrete understanding of equations and the properties of equality. Establishes that math is not just computation, but logical reasoning.




Days 5-6: Putting it Together

Learn the mechanics of solving one-step equations.

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Goal: Develop mastery at solving one-step equations using the properties of equality.




Days 7-8: Show What You Know

A review of key concepts, specifically solving one-step equations.

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Goal: Ability to solve one-step equations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.