When solving equations, students often struggle with how to get started. This activity starts as a whole-class review of the different types of equations they have learned how to solve (one-step, two-step, distributive property, two variables on same side, two variables on different sides), the first step to take when solving each type, and an example from the students.
Students are then asked to sort several examples into the correct 'branch' of the tree diagram to demonstrate that they can identify the different types of equations. I typically use this before students have learned how to solve equations with two variables, so the examples focus mostly on the first three types of equations, but the file is a word document and can be easily modified.
Also included in the zip file is a key showing the information I include as we begin to complete the tree map as a class.
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