Solving Equations Flowchart

Do you have students who are struggling to recognize the steps of equation solving? Maybe they don't even know where to start? That's why I created this flowchart. It walks students through the steps of solving equations so that they can internalize the process and begin solving on their own.

Solving equations can be super frustrating for students. They'll try combining terms over the = sign, get confused with the order of the steps or not even know how to get started at all. 


Above is a short video showing the Solving Equations Flowchart's 2022 update. 

I made this solving equations flowchart while teaching general education 11th grade algebra 2 in Boston. Even in 11th grade some of my students were still struggling. They'd keep making the same mistakes when solving equations and were getting really down about it. I needed to give them something that not only helped with equation solving but also with their self-esteem. 

Solving equations flowchart PDF download free
Solving equations flowchart (free)

Instead of like terms, this flowchart 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.

Even though this tool was originally meant for intervention, it has become the way I teach and re-teach equation solving because of how quickly it catches, even with my most struggling learners. 

Once my students can independently solve equations, their attitudes towards algebra start to improve. There's nothing better than witnessing a kid's confidence grow as he or she gets stronger in math! 


More solving equations activities:


2-step equations math pennant (free math resource library)

To keep that confidence going, I have made a a bunch of fun activities for solving equations. The one above is a 2-step solving equations math pennant that is free by subscribing hereStudents hang their finished work as math-themed classroom décor. 


2-step equations partner scavenger hunt

This 2-step equations partner scavenger hunt gets partners collaborating as they work on their own unique problems. Even though their problems are different, the answers are the same-- built-in incentive to work together.


Solving 2-Step Equations Digital Math Escape Room
Solving 2-step equations digital math escape room

And for students working on devices, I've been working on some new digital math activities, like this 2-step equations digital math escape room


Solving Equations Mix Match activity
Solving equations mix-match - digital version

Starting around April 2020, I have created over 200 digital math activities, many as updates to their original printable versions. The above video shows the digital version of this solving equations mix-match activity. The printable version is also included (below). 

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your ideas! Even a middle school student needs activities that they can color and display proudly! Thank you for making my job easier!

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    1. Yes, I agree! Even high schoolers like to color! I hope you have the best year!

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  2. I used the pennant activity above last year, and the kids LOVED it, (7th grade) they even wanted the harder 2 step equations !

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    1. Oh yay! That is great to hear! I do have a couple multi-step math pennants in my tpt store. One involves distribution and the other does not include this step. I hope you are having a great year! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to comment. It means a lot!

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  3. Thank you! Loved the idea of just using index cards. :)

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  4. So happy I found this site. Keep up the good work. Great ideas and activities.

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