My sixth-graders had some trouble with solving equations when we first started really working with variables, and using fact families (with variables) helped them to understand that they were just doing a more advanced version of the work they had done in earlier grades!
The first four pages each have sections for four fact families. The first page has only numbers (to activate prior knowledge). The second and third pages both use one variable in each section. (You could use one page for guided practice and one for independent practice.) The fourth page contains only variables.
The fifth page has sixteen equations and asks students to use fact families to give one equation that they could use to solve for the variable. (They don't actually solve them!)
Throughout all pages, variables are used both in the problem (72 + a = 142) and as the answer (6 x 19 = m). All four operations are included. Division is expressed as a fraction (except for the answer key for the last page).
This resource includes:
1) Cover page
2) Numbers only
3-4) One variable
5) All variables
6) Student writes an equation that can be used to find the value of the variable
7-11) Answer keys
12) Credits page
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