Basic Equations

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Our Basic Equations Lesson Plan enables students to define, create, and solve basic equations with experiential practice to solidify understanding.  This introductory lesson leverages peer learning as students work in pairs and exchange their work with each other for accuracy checks.

Basic Equations Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Basic Equations.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on determining how to solve basic equations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Basic Equations Lesson Plan enables students to define, create, and solve basic equations with experiential practice to solidify understanding.  This introductory lesson leverages peer learning as students work in pairs and exchange their work with each other for accuracy checks.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display the following: 6 + __ = 11. Ask students how they can solve.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Rewrite and display: 6 + x = 11. Ask students if they notice the difference in the way the problem is written.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce basic equations to the students.
  5. Distribute Basic Equations content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Show more sample equations to give additional practice to the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Distribute scissors. Pair students. (You may opt to have each pair of students create 40 equations for solving.)
  7. When completed, students exchange their work with another pair of students to check.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students what variable letter they like to use the most and why.
  11. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.4, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.D.8, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math