Use this step-by-step powerpoint to help teach your kids about basic algebra. The powerpoint is broken into two sections. First, the kids will learn what a variable is and how to solve an expression when the variable is given to them. This part of the powerpoint also covers how use variables to complete a table.
The second half of the powerpoint explains how to solve for a variable.
Both forms of algebra are modeled step by step. Then, there are sample problems for the students to try. The answers to these problems can appear with the click of your mouse.
I use this with my own students, and the breakdown of the steps really helps them understand.