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One way to make variables and expressions more concrete for middle school students is to use real-world examples. Using items around your house, create a “store” and set up expressions to represent the cost of the items. It takes just a few minutes to set up, but this activity will have lasting effects. Those once abstract and confusing variables and expressions will now represent real-world thinking – and real-world shopping!