Reflection: Vertical Alignment Language of Algebra with Real World Contexts - Section 1: Introduction


My plan for working with students on the Language of Algebra is to increase Rigor.  I wanted this lesson to be more than just small phrases that the students matched symbols to words. These small phrases and matching is important from their prior knowledge, but I would like to take it further.  I want students to be able to read word problems and be able to write equations and inequalities from their reading.  

For example, scaffolding to be able to do the following:

  1. Write a Linear Equation from a word problem
  2. Write a System of Equations from a word problem
  3. Write a System of Linear Inequalities from a word problem

Looking ahead, I visualized Linear Programming Problems.  Linear Programming problems require students to be able to write an equation for the Objective Function, and inequalities for the constraints given in the problem.  Even though this lesson does not get to that level, it is an extension that I would like to add to this lesson.  Not solving the Linear Programming problem, but just understanding how to write the equation and the inequalities for the problem.  

  Knowledge of Vertical Alignment Can Increase Rigor
  Vertical Alignment: Knowledge of Vertical Alignment Can Increase Rigor
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Language of Algebra with Real World Contexts

Unit 2: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT Translate words to math and math to words using correct operations, grouping symbols, and powers.

Big Idea: To Bring the Language of Algebra Alive in the Context of Real World Scenarios!

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Expressions (Algebra), Math, Inequalities (Algebra), Introduction to the Language of Algebra, equation, Khan Academy Practice
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