6th Grade Valentine's Day Expressions & Equations Activity

Grade Levels
6th - 7th
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Differentiating learning activities for all of your students during the same math lesson doesn’t have to be overwhelming! This no prep Sixth Grade Choice Board activity will engage students in Writing Equations, in the context of fun Valentine’s Day themed situational story problems (word problems).

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Many Ways to Use this Choice Board

♥Encourage students to complete a variety of problems, making at least one straight line, like in Tic-Tac-Toe.

♥Differentiate by assigning certain problems to certain students.

♥Direct students to complete any problems they would like, totalling 10 hearts.

♥Students can work in partnerships, choosing a problem and agreeing on an answer before checking the answer key*.

♥Fast finishers can complete another “round” of problems. They use a new recording sheet to complete a different problem from each row.


♥Choice Board: It includes 12 Valentine’s Day themed problems, each marked with hearts to indicate difficulty level. All problems focus on Writing Equations.

♥Student Work Recording Sheet

♥Answer Key: The answer key is designed to be self-checking and for student use. Place a sticky note over each answer. Once students have completed a problem, they should find an “Answer Key Station” in the classroom and peek under just the sticky note they need. This instant feedback helps students to avoid making the same mistake across an entire assignment. When they discover they have an incorrect answer, they should revise and rework the problem until they arrive at the correct answer. Knowing the correct answer provides students a target for their hard work. It also frees teachers up to provide instruction to small groups or 1:1 coaching!

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the equation 𝘥 = 65𝘵 to represent the relationship between distance and time.
Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers. For example, express the calculation “Subtract 𝘺 from 5” as 5 - 𝘺.
Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.


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