Lesson Plan: Writing Algebraic Expressions Mathematics • 6th Grade

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to read and write algebraic expressions, model them, and apply this to real-life situations.


Students will be able to

  • write an algebraic expression using one or more operations, including
    • addition,
    • subtraction,
    • multiplication,
    • division,
    • exponentiation,
  • write an algebraic expression to represent
    • a given word problem,
    • a given description of a real-world system,
    • simple properties of a geometric figure, such as the area or the perimeter,
    • a given diagram, such as a bar model.


Students should already be familiar with

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation of rational numbers.


Students will not cover

  • algebraic expressions with more than 3 variables,
  • algebraic equations,
  • simplifying algebraic expressions.

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