Lesson Plan


Students use real-world knowledge and hands-on algebra tiles to learn the basics of equation-solving. The lesson progressive from a concrete scenario involving downloading music to abstract representations with variables. A companion PowerPoint slideshow scaffolds discussion and demonstrates proper use of algebra tiles.


  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Algebra
  • Mathematics > Equations
  • Mathematics > Number Sense & Operations
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


Algebra Equation Solving



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CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-CED.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-09-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson addresses the problem of solving word problems where the output is known but not the input. As the problems grow more complex, the student is lead into picturing the linear relationship between input and output. The second half of the lesson discusses keeping equations balanced.

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