This is one lesson that students absolutely HATE. I feel like this year was better than most, and I’m hoping it was the interactive notebooking process that helped. Having said that, students still struggled, and I mean a lot, with rearranging equations. I created my own resources for this lesson (WHAT???) and was pretty excited about teaching it. it wasn’t until I was walking around as students were working in groups until I realized that the lesson had the same result (for some groups) as in previous years. When solving an equation for y, students were “magically” eliminating the x by incorrectly combining like terms. We will just keep practicing…

The notebook looked good though 🙂 and I did have some success. It wasn’t a total failure.

The “Why do we solve literal equations” part is something I always talk about but I think putting it in writing helps. Since students think this process is awful, they should at least know why we do it.

Here are the goods, if you want them.

iPad Notes PDF

Literal Equations Flip Chart Word

Remember – get your free fonts so the Word document looks good. This one uses orange juice, one of my favorite (dafont.com is the bomb!)