# Solving Equations

**Strand:** Patterns and Relations (Variables and Equations)

**Outcomes:** 5, 6

## Curriculum Focus

This sample targets the following changes in the curriculum:

- The General Outcome focuses on representing algebraic expressions in multiple ways, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum focused on communicating rules for and predicting from numerical and non-numerical patterns, including those found in the community.
- The Specific Outcome focuses on expressing a given problem as an equation in which a symbol is used to represent an unknown and then solving the one-step equation, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum focused on identifying and explaining mathematical relationships and patterns using tables, graphs, objects, Venn/Carroll/ tree diagrams and technology.

**Solving Equations** addresses the following outcomes from the *Program of Studies:*

## What is a Planning Guide?

**Planning Guides** are a tool for teachers to use in designing instruction and assessment that focuses on developing and deepening students' understanding of mathematical concepts. This tool is based on the process outlined in *Understanding by Design*, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

The following steps will help you through the Planning Guide:

See Bibliography for reference information.