• Dear Family Member,
Your student’s math class will soon begin studying the unit entitled “Equations and
Inequalities.”
This unit addresses important California Common Core Standards in the Critical Areas of solving
equations and inequalities and understanding relationships in two variables.

Domain 6.EE Expressions and Equations
Cluster Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

The unit also supports additional standards.

Domain 6.NS The Number System
Cluster Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of
rational numbers.

Our study of this unit focuses on the essential questions listed below.
Unit 5: Equations and Inequalities

Essential Questions
• How do you write equations and determine whether a number is a solution of an
equation?
• How do you solve equations that contain addition or subtraction?
• How do you solve equations that contain multiplication or division?
• How can you use inequalities to represent real-world constraints or conditions?
• How do you locate and name points in the coordinate plane?
• How can you identify independent and dependent quantities from tables and graphs?
• How can you use an equation to show a relationship between two variables?
• How can you use verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs to represent algebraic
relationships?

To stay up to date with our progress, ask often about what’s happening in math class.
One activity you can do together at the beginning of each unit is to
discuss the featured career in your student’s math book. At the
end of the unit you and your student can further explore this career
through the Math in Career Activity on the Unit Project page.
There are also many exciting online resources available to you and your student including
Math on the Spot video tutorials, Personal Math Trainer, and Animated Math activities.
Thank you for your time and interest. Your participation in your student’s education is a sure way
to encourage learning!