Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Deciphering Word Problems to Write Equations - Section 1: DO NOW

Since the students have been working with equations for over a week now, I decided it was their turn to teach the class.  This do now gives them a great opportunity to use discource and questioning.  The students worked out the problem independently.  I instructed the students to put their pencils down when they were done.  This is a great technique to use as a silent way of seeing who is done and who is not.  Then I asked them whose birthday is closest to today, without going back.  I chose that person.  Then I tell that person to choose 4 more people.  They also decide who will do the add, subtract, multiply and divide equations.  I have 2 people doing the division equations because of the way it is written in their notes (horizontally).  This way the students can see it Algebraically as well.  Each student then explains to the class how they solved their problem and how they know it was correct. They present their information at the board.  It was good to hear from the students!

Let's hear it from the kids
Discourse and Questioning: Let's hear it from the kids

Deciphering Word Problems to Write Equations

Unit 7: Equations
Lesson 7 of 14

Big Idea: Knowing the language of word problems helps students write equations which is a skill used in Algebra.

Print Lesson
22 teachers like this lesson
Standards:
Subject(s):
85 minutes

Similar Lessons

Writing Simple Algebraic Equations
Big Idea: We can express relationships in math using words, and we can express those same relationships using numbers and symbols.
Favorites(8)
Resources(14)
New Haven, CT
Environment: Urban

Review 5: Walking Trip - Using Expressions and Equations to Represent Situations
6th Grade Math » Review Unit
Big Idea: How long will it take two girls to finish their 10 mile charity walk? Students stretch their knowledge of rates, expressions, equations, and measurement conversions to answer this question.
Favorites(6)
Resources(18)
Somerville, MA
Environment: Urban