# Solving Equations

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

**Outcome:** 2

## Curriculum Focus

This sample targets the following changes in the curriculum:

- The general outcome focuses on understanding how to represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways; whereas the previous mathematics curriculum focused on the procedural solving and verifying of one-step and two-step linear equations.
- The specific outcome focuses on modelling and solving problems using various forms of linear equations concretely, pictorially and symbolically; whereas the previous curriculum focused on the solution and verification of one- and two-step, first degree equations. Linear equations of the form
*x* + *a* = *b* have been moved to Grade 7 and of the form *a(x + b) = c* has been added to the Grade 8 curriculum.

**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.