When my students were working with solving first level equations, I started to make these problems to help them see a more concrete model next to the symbolic algebra. Eventually, it became this: A unit that moves students from the concrete to the abstract in careful steps. You get:
Part 1: Basic equations to variables on both sides
Part 2: The Distributive Property
Part 3: Substitution property for systems
I tended to avoid dealing with negative numbers where I could, as that comes in at a later point and I found that it helped my students as is. Simple fractions, zero, impossible and any equations pop up, as well. My guys love doing these, enjoy making them and come away with a good understanding of what they are doing when they solve equations. Once you download it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a worked-out key! Enjoy!
Hey! You! Do you like Literal Equations? Of course you do! I always had a hard time finding practice that contained both simple and challenging problems, so I made it! Here's some fun practice!
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