ALEX Lesson Plan


Solving Formulas for the Given Variable

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Author:Morgan Boyd
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 35676


Solving Formulas for the Given Variable


This lesson will use the process of inverse operations to solve formulas for a given variable. Some formulas will not be recognized by the student. The actual formula is not important, but the variables are.

This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 9-12
Algebra I
15 ) Rearrange formulas to highlight a quantity of interest, using the same reasoning as in solving equations. [A-CED4]

Example: Rearrange Ohm's law V = IR to highlight resistance R.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will be able to rearrange formulas to highlight a specified quantity.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

The student will be able to solve multi-step equations.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:



Student and teacher textbook

Solving for a variable in a formula:

Solving in terms of another variable:

Worksheets to be copied for all students (in attachment section)

Rearranging Formulas

Bell Ringer Solving Equations

Exit Slip Formulas

Accelerated Worksheet (copy as needed)

Technology Resources Needed:



The teacher needs to preview the videos from the website, Virtual Nerd, and develop questions to ask students to check for understanding. 


The student needs to know how to solve two-step equations. The student needs to be able to explain inverse operations.



As the students enter the classroom, the teacher will have the bell ringer, Bell Ringer Solving Equations, on the interactive whiteboard. The students will write the answers in their notebook. The teacher will call on students to work the problems on the interactive whiteboard. The teacher will show the answers and discuss the relationship of inverse operations.


1. The teacher will introduce the videos from Virtual Nerd website as follows:(Solving for a variable in a formula), (Solving in terms of another variable)

2. The teacher will write on the interactive whiteboard, "Rearranging the formula to highlight a specified quantity." The teacher will explain the process for rearranging formulas is the same as solving multi-step equations. The teacher will use examples from the textbook to review the concept of inverse operations.

3. The teacher will hand out the worksheet from the attachments, Rearranging Formulas. The teacher will put the students in groups of four with one of the students being a peer-tutor. The teacher will monitor the students and make an informal assessment.

Accelerated students will have a worksheet in the materials section.(


The Teacher will hand out the worksheet, Exit Slip Formulas, from the attachment section. The exit slip will be the formal assessment. The students will turn in the exit slip as they leave the classroom.

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Assessment Strategies


The teacher will monitor students as they work in groups.


The teacher will grade the exit slip for accuracy.


The accelerated assignment will be the worksheet in the materials section. (


The teacher will assign peer-tutors in the groups. The teacher will monitor student engagement and do one-on-one instruction.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.