# Math Expressions

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This lesson introduces students to algebraic expressions for the first time.  An algebraic expression does not have an equal or inequality sign, but it does include variables, constants, and operation symbols [the plus (+) and minus (-) signs]. All relevant vocabulary is defined, and students are given an opportunity to practice using the vocabulary and labeling parts of algebraic expressions without having to solve the equations.

## Math Expressions Lesson Plan Includes:

• Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
• Instructional Content Pages about Math Expressions
• Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Math Expressions
• Common Core State Standards

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### Description

This lesson introduces students to algebraic expressions for the first time.  An algebraic expression does not have an equal or inequality sign, but it does include variables, constants, and operation symbols [the plus (+) and minus (-) signs].   All relevant vocabulary is defined, and students are given an opportunity to practice using the vocabulary and labeling parts of algebraic expressions without having to solve the equations.

#### Classroom Procedure:

1. Begin by explaining to students that it is important for us to learn about the different parts of expressions that we can talk about how they work together.
2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of expressions in order to help them practice the new vocabulary.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
3. Introduce the notes on math expressions. Have students practice using their vocabulary to talk about expressions.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
4. Have students practice while repeating the vocabulary out loud.
5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually.
6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students check their work in order to make sure they retained the vocabulary at the beginning of next class.
8. In closing, ask students how we would communicate about math if we didn’t have names for the different parts of expressions.
9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.A.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session