Multi-Step Inequalities

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The lesson explains how to solve multi-step inequalities. Students are reminded they must solve each side of the equation down to a single number before they can compare them. The lesson briefly reviews greater than (<) and less than (>) signs. Several examples of how to solve each side of the inequality equation are provided. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to solving equations.

Multi-Step Inequalities Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Multi-Step Inequalities
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students plenty of practice on Multi-Step Inequalities
  • 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

The lesson explains how to solve multi-step inequalities. Students are reminded they must solve each side of the equation down to a single number before they can compare them. The lesson briefly reviews greater than (<) and less than (>) signs. Several examples of how to solve each side of the inequality equation are provided. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to solving equations.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that they already know about inequalities. Now they are going to add another step to their knowledge and learn how to solve multi-step inequality problems.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of multi-step inequality problems in order to help them practice. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on multi-step inequalities. Have students practice problems with each of the three symbols.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice additional problems.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to reinforce the new skills.
  8. In closing, ask students to explain why the parenthesis are solved first.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

None for Grade 3

CCSS.Math.Content.4.NBT.A.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math