Lesson Plans: Introduction Lesson Plan 1: Miles of Tiles - The Pool Border Problem Lesson Plan 2: Cups and Chips - Solving Linear Equations Using Manipulatives

Lesson Plan 2: Cups and Chips - Solving Linear Equations Using Manipulatives

Overview:
In this lesson, students use manipulatives to represent visually the steps they take to obtain a solution to an algebraic equation. They develop an understanding of the connections between the solution involving manipulatives and the symbolic solution.

Time Allotment:
One 50-minute class period

Subject Matter:
Linear equations

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
• Use manipulatives to solve linear equations of the form ax + b = c, where a, b, and c are constants.

• Use symbolic methods to solve linear equations.

• Verify and check the solutions to the equations by using substitution.
Standards:
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000:

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter6/alg.htm

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter7/alg.htm

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