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This activity will help students understand what an equation is and what it is not.
In order to solve equations a student must understand that an equation includes an equal sign and two expressions (that may involve a math operation) of equal value. Teach your students to identify unknowns as missing information. It can be the same information, many different numbers, or just one value. A variable is a way to explain a value that students are not sure of.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude toward mathematics.
2. Reason mathematically.
3. Make mathematical connections.
Invitation to Learn
Explain to students that you need their help because your calculator is broken. Tell the students that you are trying to get the answer of 35, but the three and five keys are not working. Ask the students how they can get an answer of 35. You can limit it to sums if your students arent comfortable with multiplication yet.
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Monroe, E. E. & Orme, M. P. (2002). Developing mathematical vocabulary. Preventing School Failure, Volume 46 (Issue 3), Page 139-142.
Because vocabulary is an essential part of reading comprehension, we should incorporate it into our math comprehension. By using literature and vocabulary organizers we can help students incorporate abstract and unfamiliar math terms into useful daily language.
Students need to be exposed to the vocabulary through direct instruction and meaningful activities. Literature and group provide those opportunities.