Writing Expressions using Keywords

Writing Expressions using Keywords
Writing Expressions using Keywords
Writing Expressions using Keywords
Writing Expressions using Keywords

What's Included

  • Smart Notebooks Presentation
  • Activ Inspire Flipchart
  • Lesson Plan
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
  • Differentiated Worksheet

Writing Expressions using Keywords

Students learn about writing expressions using keywords.  More able students are challenged to write expressions with brackets using more than one unknown.  Less able students write simple addition and multiplication expressions with a single unknown.At the start of the lesson students matching keywords such as total, sum, product and so on.  In the main phase they are taught how to use the correct notation to form a simplified expression.  At the end of the lesson they match various descriptions with their algebraic expressions.
Differentiated Learning Objectives
  • All students should be able to write an addition and subtraction using algebraic notation.
  • Most students should be able to write an algebraic expression using the correct notation.
  • Some students should be able to write an expression involving brackets and powers using correct notation.
View online lesson
Lesson Downloads
Download PowerPoint Download Notebook Download FlipchartDownload Worksheet
Scheme of Work Link
Writing with algebraic notation
Related Blog
Teaching Algebraic Notation

Mr Mathematics Blog

Practical Tips for Using Mini-Whiteboards in a Mathematics Lesson

In this blog I will share some practical tips for using mini-whiteboards in a mathematics lesson.  I use mini-whiteboards nearly every lesson because they help the students show me the progress they are making.  When I understand what the misconceptions are I am able to address them in subsequent examples as part of my feedback.  […]

Showing Progress during a Mathematics Lesson

Demonstrating student progression during a mathematics lesson is about understanding the learning objective and breaking that down into explicit success criteria. Using Success Criteria Take, for example, a lesson on calculating the area of compound rectilinear shapes. The intended learning objective was written on the main whiteboard. Success criteria were used to break down the individual […]

Plotting and Interpreting Conversion Graphs

Plotting and interpreting conversion graphs requires linking together several mathematical techniques.  Recent U.K. examiner reports indicate there are several common misconceptions when plotting and interpreting conversion graphs.  These include: drawing non-linear scales on the x or y axis, using the incorrect units when converting between imperial and metric measurements, taking inaccurate readings from either axis not […]