I created this introduction to equations with variables activity for my math intervention class. Students are able to concretely model equations with the provided algebra tiles and then solve for the variable. Use this to introduce or review solving single step equations.
***Directions: Have students use algebra tiles to model equations. If you wish, have students glue the tiles in place or sketch the tiles. Finally students solve for the variable. Students may solve by manipulating the tiles, crossing tiles out & redrawing to show movement (recommended when gluing tiles to paper) or using the traditional algorithm.