Lesson Plan: Combining Like Terms Mathematics
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to simplify an algebraic expression of degree 1 by combining like terms.
Students will be able to
- recognize when an expression is given in a nonsimplified form,
- identify the like terms in an expression,
- combine like terms by adding or subtracting their coefficients,
- identify equivalent expressions,
- solve geometric problems that involve the simplification of like terms.
Students should already be familiar with
- algebraic conventions,
- writing algebraic expressions,
- adding and subtracting positive and negative integers.
Students will not cover
- simplifying expressions with noninteger coefficients,
- simplifying expressions where the expansion of brackets is required,
- simplifying polynomial expressions of degree 2 or more.