Description of Lesson
Use this material to intuitively introduce your students to absolute value equations without teaching them the rules but focusing their attention on the essential mathematical ideas. Students are taken seamlessly from their rudimentary knowledge of the meaning of absolute value to the new idea of solving absolute value equations. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop the “rules” intuitively.
Complete teacher’s notes with answer keys are provided.
Suggestions for Use
My students have benefited more when I used the worksheet as an interactive handout:
• Allow students to think through each prompt individually
• Have students share their thoughts with partners
• Then reveal the correct answer
The answer keys in the teacher’s notes may be converted to PowerPoint slides for smoother interactivity.