This interactive PowerPoint presentation is an awesome introduction to equations and variables for addition and subtraction. This teaches and reinforces the math vocabulary words "equation" and "variable" by introducing them and consistently using the words throughout the lesson. This is packed with examples and practice problems and would be ideal for students to use white boards for practice throughout the presentation. There are basic problems for solving equations and story problems as well. At the end, I have included an exit ticket for students to “show what they know!” There are five quick problems for students to complete and turn in that will give you some feedback as to who’s got it and who needs more help.
I made this with my third graders in mind, but this could be used for 2nd or 4th as well.
This is a tried and true lesson, as my third graders loved it! I hope it is helpful in your classroom as well.
Keep in mind this includes addition and subtraction equations only!