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Write expressions to solve real-world problems

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.B.6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8

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Big Ideas: Algebraic expressions can be used to generalize real-world problems. This lesson develops students’ understanding of what variables represent and why it is helpful to use them in problem solving. This task presents three scenarios in which students use the same computation with several different numbers to recognize that the computation remains constant and the varying value could be represented with a variable. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students’ future work with expressions, equations, and proportional reasoning in grades 6-8. Vocabulary: variable, algebraic expression
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