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# Express Yourself!

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Writing About Math Expressions pre-lesson.

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Writing About Math Expressions pre-lesson.

Students will interpret numerical expressions without solving them and write simple expressions.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
(5 minutes)
• Review the commutative property of multiplication and the order of operations.
• Teach students that expressions are a series of numbers and symbols, such as +, -, x, and Ã·, without an equal sign.
• Write the expression 5 (4 + 3) on the board.
• Tell students that when that expression is worked out it is called an evaluation of the expression.
• The expression equals 35, therefore 5 (4 + 3)= 35 is the equation.
• Tell students that the expression 5 (4 + 3) is 5 times larger than the expression (4 + 3).
• Let students know that today they are going to evaluate the relationship between expressions and write their own expressions to evaluate.
(10 minutes)
• Write the steps "double five and then add 50" on the board.
• Ask students to write an expression for the steps above.
• They should write (5 x 2) + 50 or 5 + 5 + 50.
• Write the expression 6 (10 x 10) on the board.
• Ask students to describe, in writing, how the expression relates to (10 x 10).
• They should write that the expression 6 (10 x 10) is 6 times larger than the expression (10 x 10).
• Choose volunteers to create their own expressions like the two you just modeled and explain them.
• Guide students through the process of evaluating their expressions orally.
(10 minutes)
• Allow students to form pairs or small groups.
• Pass out the Welcome to Mummy's Market worksheet.
• Advise students that they should work with a partner or group to write an expression and evaluate the expressions.
• Remind students to refer back to their notes from the models you provided.
(20 minutes)
• Pass out blank paper.
• Tell students that they are going to work alone to create their own expressions and evaluate the relationships between the numbers just like they have been practicing.
• Students may need an example to get them started.
• Example: write an expression in words, such as "divide 144 by 12, and then subtract 20." Students should write (144 Ã· 12) â€“ 20 and go on to write that the expression (144 Ã· 12) â€“ 20 is 20 less than (144 Ã· 12).

Support:

• Struggling students can use the Multiply It! worksheet during the guided practice.

Enrichment:

• Advanced students can evaluate expressions that contain fractions, decimals, etc.
(15 minutes)
• Pass out the Express Yourself assessment.
• Advise students to use a blank sheet of paper to show their work.
• Remind them that they must follow the directions and answer the questions completely.
(5 minutes)
• Write the following expression on the board: (200 Ã· 10) x 0.5.
• Have students identify the expressions and equation.
• Then have students evaluate the expression without calculating it: "(200 Ã· 10) x 0.5 is Â½ of (200 Ã· 10)."
• Ensure that students can create a word problem or steps for this equation: divide 200 by 10 then multiply by a half.

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