Solving equations can be super frustrating for students who have a hard time identifying like terms or who have trouble with integer operations. They'll try combining terms over the = sign or get confused with the order of the steps. This can lead to our students feeling really badly about themselves and we don't want that.

I made this graphic organizer when I was teaching a mainstream 11th grade Algebra 2 class. Some of my students kept making mistakes and getting really down about it. Instead of like terms, this graphic organizer first focuses on the + and - signs, which are visually much easier to find. From there, a series of questions guides students through the equation solving process, depending on which side of the = sign has variables.

As a special education teacher, I know how hard it is for struggling students to meet the standards. When my students can find little successes here and there, they start feeling like successful math students and magic starts to happen.

All of the Algebra activities found in my Algebra Activities Bundle keep these struggling learners in mind. You can find the solving equations graphic organizer for free here.

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