On my way home from a day of introducing algebraic equations, I asked myself which step my students struggled with the most. My answer was "THE FIRST STEP - COMBINING LIKE TERMS!" Once I realized the problem, I decided to devise a way to help my students understand the hows and the WHY in solving algebraic equations. This Power Point is used in conjunction with a free worksheet from www.kutasoftware.com . The questions I ask my students are every bit as important as the coloring process. I did an action research project when I created this file. I gave my students a pretest and a post test. These tests were identical, but the students never saw the pretest after they took it. The students studied improved their scores by an average of over 240%! I hope this product will help your students solve equations.