Monthly Archives: July 2012

A.CED.1 How to Break it Down

The Common Core State Standards do not allow us, as teachers, the luxury of a checklist. Each standard has to many components. This is my attempt to be sure that I am teaching each standard to the full extent that is expected and that will help my students be successful.

A.CED.1 Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions.*

To break this down, I began listing all the components students would need to understand to master this standard. I checked sample problems and online resources to be sure that I was not overlooking  anything.

I then assigned everything on this list to a unit, being sure nothing gets missed. You will notice on my lesson plans for each unit I will only list the part of the standard being covered to help keep my focus on the skills for that unit and how they are part of my Big Picture Lesson Plan.

  • Order of operations – Unit 1
  • Distributive property – Unit 1
  • Translate expressions and equations, verbal to algebraic – Unit 1
  • Solve one variable equations
    • Simple two step equations – Unit 1
    • Variables on both sides – Unit 5
    • Complex linear equations – Unit 5
    • Quadratic equations – Unit 12
    • Rational functions – Unit 11
    • Exponential functions – Unit 8
  • Solve one variable inequalities
    • Compound conjunction inequalities – Unit 5
    • Compound disjunction inequalities – Unit 5
In a nutshell, the Common Core Standard A.CED.1 is asking students to be able to create and solve equations in one variable to answer questions.

Please feel free to take a look at these Common Core sample problems, all A.CED.1, and see how they will progress in difficulty throughout the Algebra 1 course.

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!I hope this helps everyone understand how I created my skills list for each unit. Please take a minute and let me know if this is helpful. I would love to get your feedback.

Please help me find teacher created, common core aligned websites.


I am looking for great sites or blogs created by teachers that are resources or are aligned with the Common Core. I would love a variety of grade levels and subjects. These sites can be created for students, parents, or teachers. You can find an example at

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The Power of Teaching Performance Tasks

Earlier this week I sent out the Unit 1 Assessments and compiled a list of Common Core Assessments from the web. But the real issue is what happens between assessments. Yes we want great, fair, honest assessments. But our job as teachers is to teach. 

This is a reminder of how to create performance tasks for your classroom. 

Thank you Dan Meyer for this reminder.