Reflection: Rigor Writing and Solving Equations - Section 4: Closure and Ticket to Go


After we talked about Part G, I asked, “What if Paul Pierce still made 14 more points than Kevin Garnett, but together they scored a total of 50 points?”  I had students talk about it with their partner for a minute.  I started a table on the whiteboard and recorded student guesses.  With each guess, I asked other students to use the information to find the other player’s points and the total to see if it matched the problem.  It was interesting to see student guesses.  They were able to keep the pattern of Paul Pierce’s points being 14 more, but they struggled to get the total to 50 points.  Eventually a few students said that if Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, Paul Pierce would score 32 points and 18 + 32 = 50.  Students were excited to take on the challenge and figure out a complex problem.

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Writing and Solving Equations

Unit 6: Expressions, Equations, & Inequalities
Lesson 6 of 20

Objective: SWBAT: • Write an algebraic equation that fits a given situation. • Solve a one-step algebraic equation.

Big Idea: Paul Pierce made 14 more points than Kevin Garnett. Let k represent Kevin Garnett’s points. Write an expression to show how many points Pierce made. If Pierce made 26 points, how many points did Garnett make? Students work on writing and solving equat

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Math, Expressions (Algebra), Algebra, solving equations, 6th grade, master teacher project, equation, writing equations
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