# Equations with Variables Lesson Plan: Expressions and Equations

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Equations with Variables**, and supports the standard of writing and evaluating expressions in which letters stand for numbers. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Display equations with and without a variable, such as these:

4 + 12 = 16

4 + x = 16

Ask students:* *

*What do you notice about the numbers on either side of the equal sign?**What number does the “x” represent in the second equation?*

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

- Read aloud the description on the
**Equations with Variables topic page**. - Play the
**Movie**, activating the Pause Points to check for understanding. - Have students read one of the following
**Related Reading**articles: “Language” or “Real Life.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS **

Students take the **Equations with Variables Challenge** and **Quiz**, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

**Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND**

Students express what they learned about equations with variables while practicing **essential literacy skills** with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

**Make-a-Movie**: Create a tutorial that answers this question:*How can variables help you solve word problems?***Make-a-Map**: Make a concept map identifying the steps to isolate and solve for the variable in this equation:*5y-13=12*.**Creative Coding****:**Code a math problem involving an equation with a variable and challenge a classmate to solve it.

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**Math Snacks: Curse Reverse**: Students apply knowledge of variables to find ancient treasures in this learning game.

**Algebra Unit**: Continue to build understanding around expressions and equations with more BrainPOP topics.

**Teacher Support Resources:**

**Pause Point Overview****:**Video tutorial showing how Pause Points actively engage students to stop, think, and express ideas.**Learning Activities Modifications**: Strategies to meet ELL and other instructional and student needs.**Learning Activities Support**: Resources for best practices using BrainPOP.