Using the balance method students are taught how to solve two-step equations involving multiplications and divisions.

At the start of the lesson students recap how to solve one step equations. In the main part they learn how to use the method and inverse operations to solve a two-step equation. The plenary challenges students to match various equations with their solutions.

##### Differentiated Learning Objectives

- All students should be able to solve a 2 step equation using function machines.
- Most students should be able to solve a 2 step equation using the balance method.
- Some students should be able to simplify and solve a 2 step equation using the balance method.