Instead of lecturing my students on proportional reasoning, solving proportions, and so forth, as I used to do, I now start class with a mini-lesson (15-20 minutes in length) to go over just the main idea of what they will be learning about today. I include one or two example problems to make sure they get the main idea.
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.
I have students put their answers on a separate sheet of paper.
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 'Literal Equations - Solving Literal Equations with answer key' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literal-Equations-Solving-Literal-Equations-with-answer-key-366511
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the assessment named 'Algebra 1 Individual Test Introductory Material Fall 2013 2 versions; 2 pages ea' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Algebra-1-Individual-Test-Introductory-Material-Fall-2013-2-versions-2-pages-ea-1105944