This guide was designed to help teachers use an equation mat to teach students how to model and write equations with a variable. The guide shares a weblink to a free digital manipulative, instructions for using the manipulative, suggested uses, example questions, extension ideas, and three printable activities with answer keys.
Common Core Standards Addressed:
CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.B.5 Understand solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering a question: which values from a specified set, if any, make the equation or inequality true? Use substitution to determine whether a given number in a specified set makes an equation or inequality true.
CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.B.6 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.
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