The Language of Math: Addition Expressions


In this module students develop their skills at translating verbal expressions into mathematical ones. This is a crucial skill that often doesn't get enough attention. A student's ability to successfully translate words into mathematical expressions and equations puts that student on a path to successfully solving more complicated problems.

In this module students focus on addition expressions. This includes numerical and algebraic expressions. They work on addition expressions of the following form:

  • a + b, for various integers a and b
  • x + a, for integer a
  • ax + b, for various integers a and b

As an extension of their work with translating words into mathematical expressions, students explore the various symbols used by meteorologists with weather maps. Students analyze the symbols on a weather map. They also translate words into mathematical expressions using the context of weather.

Math Concepts

  • Expressions
  • Number Concepts
  • Problem Solving

Learning Objectives

  • Translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions
  • Solve problems using algebraic expressions

Prerequisite Skills

  • Familiarity with integers
  • Familiarity with algebraic expressions
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 6th - 7th Grade

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