Instead of lecturing my students on solving equations and inequalities, as I used to do, I now start each class with a mini-lesson (15-20 minutes in length) to go over just one or two examples of what they will be learning about today.
(Students have previously learned to use the so-called "order of operations ladder" to solve equations. If you are not sure what that means, please search TpT for "order of operations ladder, Jonnard" and it will pull up a worksheet called "Solving equations with the order of operations ladder," which explains the procedure in detail.)
As soon as the mini-lesson is over, I set them to task on this worksheet. I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
This worksheet is intended to be written on directly.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.
Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Unit Conversions Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Unit-Conversions-Fall-2013-1125165
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Function Notation Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Function-Notation-Fall-2013-1106674