Unpack a Standard, Grade 8 Algebra, Module 6: Planning and Preparation…
Unpack a Standard
To address all parts of a standard
Identify what students need to know
Translate Standards Into Lessons
Deciding Teaching Strategies
Identify what they need to do to demonstrate they are meeting the standard
Common Core State Standards
Expressions & Equations
Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.
Solve linear equations in one variable.
Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).
Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.
Identify what students need to do to meet the standard.
Identify the content that students should be learning.
This is a rich standard that contains basic and essential skills that students need to know when they start learning Algebra.
Many of the other topics in Algebra is based on this concept, such as solving simultaneous equations, solving quadratic equations, interpreting and drawing graphs, etc.
Solving equations is a good introduction to understanding that variables have values and that equations could be used to represent predictions in real life.
How a variable could have more than one value. And how to follow a logical path to solve a problem.
As students finished their pre-algebra course in grade 7 and started an introduction to algebra at the end of the year, they start learning their Algebra 1 course in grade 8. During this year, students learn the fundamental basics of algebra, on which they base the concepts they learn ion the following years.
The Big Ideas
Solving real-life problems. In most situations where there is an unknown quantity, can be represented by a linear equation.
Making predictions about what will happen in the future.
Identifying the value of an unknown, and figuring out if this unknown value could have one, two, or more than a solution.
21st Century skills
to master this standard
Identify parts of an Expressions
Identify like and unlike terms
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Understand what is a rational number
Identify an equation
Expand an Expression
Using the distributive property
Distribute the coefficient over the bracket
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Solve an equation
Find all possible solutions of an equation
Understand what is a solution.
Projects and Activities
Science and Math
Growing a plant and calculating the growth rate based on daily growth observation, and find the expected height after a certain period of time according to the recorded growth rate.
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Algebra Linear Functions
In this activity, students learn how to translate word problems into linear equations, and solve them. This is an advanced step in solving equations and one of the challenging activities to students that requires hire order thinking and problem solving skills.
Assessing Students' Learning
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Super Mario Linear Equations
In this activity, students learn how could a linear equation relate to real life applications, as they learn how to graph linear equations to construct lines (path) and collect coins/stars in a series of Super Mario levels.
Module 6: Planning and Preparation for Learning
Unit 1: Standards
By: Amira Elsherif