# A.CED.1 How to Break it Down

by Jeanette
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.

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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.

About the author: Jeanette Stein has been teaching high school and middle school math for the past 17 years. In that time she has created learning communities, built curriculum, focused on at-risk and underprepared students while creating a successful atmosphere for her students. Through all of this she has learned to help students see the value in themselves and reach their potential. Because of how hard it was for her to learn from so many different perspectives, she is determined to help teachers use the most successful tools for quick results for the teacher and more importantly, for the students.
Jeanette is the founder of algebra1teachers.com.

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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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