Reflection: Students with Disabilities Evaluating Expressions - Section 2: Guided Notes + Practice


If students are having a difficult time grasping how to substitute values for variables, an easy modification is to color code the problems. For example, at the top of the Guided Notes, you can change the color of the font to assign each variable a different color. Then, anywhere a particular variable shows up you change the color of it to the assigned colors (all a’s will be blue, all x’s will be green, etc.). Only the letter for the variable should change color, the rest of the problem will remain black. This helps students visually see which value from the top matches to the variable in the problem. You can slowly take away this modification as students gain proficiency and add it back in if necessary for more difficult problems. This color coding is particularly useful for students with certain disabilities.

  Color Coding
  Students with Disabilities: Color Coding
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Evaluating Expressions

Unit 3: Numeracy
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT evaluate algebraic expressions using order of operations.

Big Idea: Students will review properties of numbers and expressions in preparation for our next unit.

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Math, Algebra, Integers, evaluating algebraic expressions, division, multiplication, geometric patterns
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