Variables & Writing Expressions

By (date), when given a written description of a real-world situation, (name) will define and use... variables to write a mathematical expression that represents the situation for (4 out of 5) situations presented.
  • By (date), after working with a peer to highlight key information in written real-world situations (e.g. mathematical operation key words, variable notation, numerical amounts), (name) will correctly write (4 out of 5) mathematical expressions using variable notation to represent the real-world situations.
  • By (date), when given guided prompts associated with a problem task (e.g. "Step 1: Identify the variable.", "Step 2: What letter are you using to represent the variable?" and "Step 3: What operation is expressed in the situation?"), (name) will correctly write or verbalize (4 out of 5) mathematical expressions.
  • By (date), using a math software program that allows the user to pick symbols, key words and number icons via a touch screen, (name) will correctly build algebraic expressions for (4 out of 5) real-world situations presented to (him/her) verbally or in writing.

UDL Strategies About UDL

  • UDL I 3.2 Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships
    Instead of having students work with black-and-white text, teachers can allow students to highlight key information when developing expressions to represent real-world situations. This draws attention to key elements in the problem that are critical features to emphasize when solving the problems.
  • UDL II 6.2 Support planning and strategy development
    Instead of having students directly solve the problem, teachers can provide a problem-solving checklist to guide the students through the solution process. These prompts allow students to plan ahead for the next step and to break down each problem before implementing the solution strategy.
  • Foster collaboration and communication
    Instead of having students work individually, teachers can allow students to work with a peer to aid them in identifying key information in the problem. This encourages students to seek the support of their peers and to know that it is acceptable to ask for help when they need it.

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Common Core Standards

6.EE.6 Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.

Staircase Goals

Variables & Writing Expressions Current Goal

By (date), when given a written description of a real-world situation, (name) will define and use variables to write a mathematical expression that represents the situation for (4 out of 5) situations presented.

Referenced Strategies

  • Peer Tutoring

    Peer tutoring is having peers actively involved with teaching each other and reinforcing learning of academic skills. With peer tutoring, th...

  • Highlighting

    Highlighting could include highlighting key words/phrases, key points or arguments or text structures such as headings. This adaptation can ...

  • Problem Solving Checklist

    A problem solving checklist is a checklist that can be used by a student and/or class that outlines the steps necessary to complete simple o...