Reasoning to Identify Solutions

Find Solutions

Work Time

Find Solutions

  • Take turns with your partner. Match an equation card with a solution card.
  • Explain to your partner how you know that the cards match. Your partner should agree with your explanation or challenge it if your explanation is not correct, clear, and complete.
  • Record the steps you took to find the solution for each equation.

HANDOUT: Card Sort


  • There is a value of the variable that makes the two sides of the equation equal. Think about what this value could be.
  • Does the structure of the equation give you any clues about its solution?
  • Try substituting different numbers on the solution cards into an equation to find the solution to that equation.
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