This is a 2-Part Activity designed to help students with tackling vocabulary that is foundational to translating from words to linear equations. I have incorporated key "mathy" words like sum, difference, product, quotient, all-encompassing equality indicators like total and altogether, as well as challenging words like pay, raise, discount, for every (etc.), in order to help students prepare for decoding linear equation word problems.
There are 2 included activities that access the same set of words:
1. Card Sort: Students cut n' paste key vocabulary words under each category (+, -, *, /, n, =)
2. Google Slides: Students make a copy of the Google Slides deck. They then use the "Symbol Bank" at the bottom of each slide to click and drag the symbols (+, -, *, /, n, =) that match each phrase. They should email or upload their finished product to Google Classroom. You may choose to assign each Google slide individually to your classes, or provide the link to the full slide deck as one complete assignment.
I have included:
- hyperlinks to both individual Google Slides and the full deck
- hyperlinks to the answer keys
- printed copies of all decks & keys.
For your information:
- I have incorporated nouns in my vocabulary lists. Most nouns are all viewed as variables (n) for this exercise.
- For the purposes of translating linear equations, I teach that per, each, and every represent multiplication – we’re often multiplying a constant by a variable. (: $5 per hour might be represented as 5h)
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