Collect like terms first

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SWBAT solve equations that require collecting like terms

Big Idea

CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM! Get kids to collect like terms as part of solving equations.


10 minutes

Each day, students complete a warm-up that usually consists of spiraling the previous day's material, in addition to older material.  Warm-up problems also sometimes extend lessons that students have encountered before to more unfamiliar contexts.

Today's warm-up pushes students to distribute a fractional coefficient through parentheses, which I want students to be automatic at.  I push this bit by bit, consistently - rather than all in one huge lesson -- to ensure that students develop comfort gradually, and with repeated exposure and different uses.

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The homework includes questions related to this lesson, as well as spiraled review.  I also provide answers to the problems on page 2.