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:

  • Solving one-step equations
  • Solving two-step equations
  • Properties of Equality

Grades: 6-8

CCSS: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.7,CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.4

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
  • One-Step Equation
  • Two-Step Equation
  • Addition Property of Equality
  • Subtraction Property of Equality
  • Multiplication Property of Equality
  • Division Property of Equality
  • Solution
  • 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

Review of the properties of equality:

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

Review of solving one-step equations. 

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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 two-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 two-step equations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.