Mathematics lesson where students learn about solving equations with the unknown on both sides using the balance method. As learning progreses students solve equations involving positive and negative terms.

The start of the lesson recaps solving two-step equations with the unknown on a single side of the equal sign. The plenary is used to address a common misconception of solving and equation with positive and negative terms.

**Differentiated Learning Objectives**

- All students should be able to solve an equation with the unknown on both sides
- Most students should be able to algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable.
- Some students should be able to solve an equation involving brackets with the unknown on both sides.