This is a six page resource that I use to introduce variables, variable/algebraic expressions, open sentences, and verbal expressions to my 5th grade students. This goes perfectly with the Virginia math SOL 5.18. Each vocabulary term (variable, verbal expression, open sentence, variable expression) has its own page with student-friendly notes and a few guided practice questions.
I have also included a page to go over the various ways to represent multiplication and division beyond the regular signs. I have also included a key words chart for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to help students with verbal expressions.
The last page is a practice page for students to practice writing verbal expressions and variable expressions. Answer key is not included since student responses may vary.