Writing and Solving OneStep Linear Equations In One Variable
 Make sure students know the three important ideas for solving linear equations: (1) get the variable onto one side by itself; (2) use the inverse operation to undo what was done to the variable; and (3) make sure the equation is kept in balance by doing the same thing to both sides of the equation.
 When solving word problems using equations, be sure students write down what the variable represents.
 Be sure students check their answers in the equation to see if the answer makes a true statement.
 Have students properly label their answers. Most answers will require a label if the answer is for a word problem.
 Constantly remind students that addition and subtraction are inverse operations and that multiplication and division are inverse operations.
 When solving word problems, be sure to emphasize the fourstep process.
 Give students an equation like y – 6 = 19 and ask them to write a word problem that could be solved by solving the equation. Reversing the process is a good way to help your students gain understanding of word problems.

