Lesson Plan

Explaining Expressions

Challenge students to decompose numbers within multiplication expressions. Use this lesson as a standalone lesson or as support to the lesson Solving Expressions in Word Problems.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Solving Expressions in Word Problemslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to write and solve expressions with order of operations.

Language

Students will be able to create and explain expressions using drawings and peer supports.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Write the expressions 3 x 6 and 3 x (3 + 3) on the board and ask students to turn and talk to their partners about what the expressions show. Give them whiteboards to draw pictures and show their ideas.
  • Ask for volunteers to share their ideas and gather information about students' background knowledge based on their responses. Rephrase their explanations using key vocabulary terms (i.e., "decompose," "times," "parentheses," etc.).
  • Have a student read the student-friendly language objective: "I can make and talk about expressions using drawings and peer supports."

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fifth grade
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