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!



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Deciphering Word Problems to Write Equations

Unit 7: Equations
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT write equations using real-life word problems.

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

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