# Algebra Performance Task: Multistep Equations with Tables and Graphs

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10 pages, aligned with common core standards. The cornerstone lesson to what I consider to be easily the best unit I can offer my algebra students. This lesson is part of a series of problems I created that are focused around graphing linear functions and the use of new tools (tables, graphs, equations) to solve problems in context. Students use multiple methods to explore functions and multi-step equations (in one variable) in the course of two application problems: a botany experiment and a car rental conundrum. Underneath the rich content is an important lesson about presentation: a solution to a problem illustrates, generalizes, communicates, and verifies the results. An answer is just a number. Which is better?

This lesson begins with a teacher directed problem that introduces students to interpreting a problem in context and using expressions, functions, tables, and graphs to communicate a solution. Also included is a student self-directed problem that takes these skills and runs with them. The pair of these two problems serve as an excellent introduction to inquiry based learning and lend themselves well to standards based grading systems.

This lesson is designed to be used after students have a basic understanding of how to solve one-variable equations (including those with variables on both sides). They should also have prior knowledge of coordinate graphing and the concept of functions (but not necessarily function notation). For me, this was chapter three in my Algebra 1 course.

Use this lesson to jump start your own standards-based unit or complement with my practice tasks and assessment task (available separately).

Also included in this unit is a cover page with essential questions, common core standards alignment, student objectives, and teacher notes. Teacher answer keys are also provided.

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I loved the lesson on multi-step equations in context. I will be using it this week! I am definitely making you one of my favorites!
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I particularly appreciate that you are underlining the difference between an answer and a solution here -- and reinforcing it with the students. Thank you!
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Fantastic design and very well scaffolded support for students. I don't see anything on it that I couldn't help walk my 6th graders through at the end of our Algebraic Expressions/Equations unit, yet it's still appropriate for older students to complete more independently.

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I love that this is aligned to the Common Core! Thank you!
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Excellent Resource! Aligned to the common core and covers many of the mathematical practices. I look forward to using this activity with my class. Thank you!
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Awesome activity!!!!! Helps students develop critical thinking! Love it!
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This ties in perfectly with my current unit. Thank you!
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I plan to use this in the fall.
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Next year, will be our schools first year for common core and we are having little guidance. I will definitely be using this for my 8th grade class! Thanks so much for sharing
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This activity was very engaging for my students and solidified their conceptual understanding about solving equation.
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Nice activities. Thank you !
Thanks for your support of my materials, Zion. I appreciate your nice feedback. -Emily
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Great activities! I can adapt these to all levels. The kids will love the real-world connection.
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Beautiful, useful, thorough, and fun.

I love your "the plant problem" and "the car Problem" yet as I go over them I wonder if my students have covered this and can work on it independently (as a sponge after exam) in science? 7th grade. I will also check with the 7th grade math teachers to be sure. I am impressed with your products and want to find ways to integrate them into my classes as math extensions. Thank you!
Thank you for your compliments. I think that a typical 7th grader would not have enough algebra to handle either of those problems independently, but I suppose it depends on the child and the curriculum at your school. You should check with the 7th grade math teachers. I'm pretty sure the concepts and the graphing would be entirely appropriate, but the expression writing may be a little challenging without any guidance. Let me know how it goes!
On the Multi-Step Equations in context activity - why isn't the cover page the same as in the sample view pages?
Hi Zion6Teach,

I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but hopefully this will answer your question:
* The square image that comes up on the product page was created specifically to fit in the small dimensions of that thumbnail... it is for advertising purposes only and is not part of the actual document.
* Furthermore, the 'sample' thumbnails may not match exactly with the actual document because I have revised the document a few times since posting the original images.

Is there something in a particular image that you want or need?

-Emily
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