Benchmark Instructional Guide
Connecting Benchmarks/Horizontal Alignment
Terms from the K-12 Glossary
Purpose and Instructional Strategies
In grade 8, students solved one-variable multi-step linear equations. In Algebra I, students write
and solve one-variable multi-step linear equations within a real-world context. In future courses,
students will work with linear systems in three-variables and linear programing. Additionally,
linear equations and linear functions are fundamental parts of all future high school courses.
- Problem types includes the writing of an equation from a given context, the solving of a
given equation and writing and solving an equation within context.
- Instruction includes the use of manipulatives, drawings, models and the properties of
- Instruction includes the interpretation of the solution within context.
- Instruction emphasizes the understanding solving a linear equation in one variable
mirrors the process of determining -intercepts, or roots, of the graph of a linear function.
- In many contexts, students may generate solutions that may not make sense when placed
in context. Be sure students assess the reasonableness of their solutions in terms of
context to check for this (MTR.6.1).
- For example, if students are solving a problem where represents the number of
paintings sold at an art gallery. If the solution is = 6.3, then the number of
paintings sold would be 6 since a portion of a painting cannot be sold.
Common Misconceptions or Errors
- Students may experience difficulty translating contexts into expressions. In these cases,
give students sample quantities to help them reason.
- Students may not use properties of equality properly.
Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction
- Instruction includes opportunities to draw pictures or use bar models to represent real world contexts.
- For example, Kevin buys 66 markers plus 5 packs of markers. Fernando buys 48
markers plus 8 packs of markers. If Kevin and Fernando buy the same total
number of markers, how many markers are in a pack?
- Instruction includes providing expressions and having students act out the context with
- For example, Karen earns $100 a day plus $5 commission for each sale made at
the store that day. In this example, give a student $100 in play money and then
ask how much more they would get if they made 1 sale, 2 sales, and so on. Then
ask how they could represent an unknown amount of sales.
- Instruction includes opportunities to use algebra tiles to model a multi-step equation and
write the steps algebraically. For each step, ask students to identify the property of
equality they would use.
- Instruction includes vocabulary development by co-creating a graphic organizer for each
property of equality.
- Instruction includes the use of algebra tiles to model the distributive property or to add
and subtract like terms as a problem is solved algebraically.
- An example using algebra tiles for the expression −2(2 − 3) is shown below.
- An example using algebra tiles for the expression −3 + 2 + 5 − 6 + 5 is
Instructional Task 1 (MTR.3.1, MTR.6.1, MTR.7.1)
- City A has a current population of 156,289 residents and has an annual growth of 146
residents. City B has a current population of 151,293 and has an annual growth of 363
residents. To the nearest year, how many years will it take for City A and City B to have the
- A nutrition store starts a new membership program. Members of the program pay $52 to join
and can purchase a canister of protein powder for $42.50. Non-members pay $49 for a
canister of protein powder. After how many canisters is the total cost the same for members
as it is for non-members?
Instructional Item 1
- A group of friends decides to go out of town to a championship football game. The group
pays $185 per ticket plus a one-time convenience fee of $15. They also each pay $27 to ride
a tour bus to the game. If the group spent $2,771 in total, how many friends are in the group?
Instructional Item 2
- Two rectangular fields, both measured in yards, are modeled below. What value of , in
yards, would cause the fields to have equal areas?
*The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.