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Algebraic Expressions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is an algebraic expression and when are they useful? This lesson plan uses two fact-filled video lessons to explain this concept and to show different types of algebraic expressions. An activity gives students a chance to demonstrate mastery.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • give examples of different types of algebraic expressions
  • distinguish between different types of algebraic expressions

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.1

Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2

Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.A

Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers. For example, express the calculation 'Subtract y from 5' as 5 - y.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.B

Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. For example, describe the expression 2 (8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.6

Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Algebraic expression
  • Linear equation
  • Quadratic equation
  • Polynomial
  • Rational equation
  • Radical equation

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