The Perfect IEP Goal for 7th - 9th Grade Students Aimed for Pre-Algebra

Updated: Mar 1

This IEP goal is for all 7th-9th grade students with IEP goals aimed at success in pre-algebra. It is inclusive of sub-skills necessary to solve multistep equations with variables on both sides, expanding expressions, distributive property, and the collection of like terms when solving.


Goal progression could include 3 to 4 week intervals aimed toward skill-building in the areas of mathematic academic vocabulary, the order of operations, exponents, distributive property, and the concept of combining like terms.

8.EE.C.7.B Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.

Algebraic thinking skill:


Solve equations with variables on both sides

Misconceptions:

For students who are struggling with one and two-step equations, using


manipulatives (i.e., Algebra Tiles) will offer a hands-on experience for the process of solving equations.


Learning Progression:

If scaffolding is needed these are some areas where the appropriate scaffold

objectives can be found.


In earlier grades, students have mastered the following skills...

  • Understood the equation-solving process leads to a solution that makes the equation true. (6.EE.5)

  • Solved problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r were rational numbers. (7.EE.4)

  • Applied properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. (7.EE.1)

The Perfect Math IEP Goal for 7th - 9th Grade

By (date) when given problems with one-variable equations, the student will successfully solve equations with variables on both sides (including exponents, distribution, and collecting like terms) improving expressions and equations skills from ___/10 problems out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 problems in ten consecutive trials.


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