Planning GuideGrade 8
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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:

Strand: Patterns and Relations (Variables and Equations)
Specific Outcome:
2. Model and solve problems concretely, pictorially and symbolically, using linear equations of the form:
  • ax = b
  • x/a = b, a ≠ 0
  • ax + b = c
  • x/a + b = c, a ≠ 0
  • a(x + b) = c
where a, b, and c are integers.

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:

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