This is a complete lesson plan for helping your students interact with turning sentences into algebraic equations. Also download the free smartboard companion to this lesson.
The lesson includes some teacher led brainstorming of the language and an activity that will allow students to practice using the language in the same class period. This also includes a brief homework assignment and answer key to all of the above.
The class activity is designed to encourage students to develop good active reading strategies by having them read aloud the prompt with their partner and answer the question together. The activity is time driven vs. product driven, so could be stopped at any time and all students feel a sense of accomplishment and practice. I also use the activity cards by themselves with students in my math support class as an opportunity to practice without the pressure of a worksheet to complete.
This lesson easily fills our 70 minute class period and could go longer depending on the audience. I use this with my high school Algebra 1 students, but could easily be used with a younger audience who is able to solve multi-step equations.
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