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.1Create 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
- Solve one variable inequalities

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.

Algebra is a major component of math that is used to unify mathematic concepts. Algebra is built on experiences with numbers and operations, along with geometry and data analysis. Some students think that algebra is like learning another language. This is true to a small extent, algebra is a simple language used to solve problems that can not be solved by numbers alone.

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