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Lesson Plan A.1: Writing and Evaluating Exponents
Lesson Seed A.3: Properties of Operations
Lesson Seed A.3: Mystery Polygons
Lesson Seed A.4: Equation Cards
Lesson Seed A.4: Equivalent Expressions
Lesson Seed A.4: Geometric Area Model
Unit Overview
Content Emphasis By Clusters in Grade 6
Progressions from Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
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Students begin to use properties of arithmetic operations systematically to work with numerical expressions that contain whole-number exponents. Students also are introduced to variables and variable expressions, and then go on to identify and generate equivalent numerical and variable expressions. This work helps lay a foundation for writing and solving equations, which involves the ability to write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
At the completion of this unit on applying and extending students’ previous understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions, the student will understand that:
The student will be able to:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has awarded the Dana Center a grant to develop the information for this component. This information will be provided at a later date. The Dana Center, located at the University of Texas in Austin, encourages high academic standards in mathematics by working in partnership with local, state, and national education entities. Educators at the Center collaborate with their partners to help school systems nurture students' intellectual passions. The Center advocates for every student leaving school prepared for success in postsecondary education and in the contemporary workplace.
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Interdisciplinary Connections:
Interdisciplinary connections fall into a number of related categories:
Sample Assessment Items: The items included in this component will be aligned to the standards in the unit and will include:
Interventions/Enrichments/PD: (Standard-specific modules that focus on student interventions/enrichments and on professional development for teachers will be included later, as available from the vendor(s) producing the modules.)
Vocabulary/Terminology/Concepts: This section of the Unit Plan is divided into two parts. Part I contains vocabulary and terminology from standards that comprise the cluster, which is the focus of this unit plan. Part II contains vocabulary and terminology from standards outside of the focus cluster. These “outside standards” provide important instructional connections to the focus cluster.
Part I – Focus Cluster Apply and Extend Previous Understandings of Numbers to the System of Rational Numbers NOTE: None of the vocabulary, terminology, and concepts in this cluster are new, nor should they be particularly problematic for instruction of the related standards.
Part II – Instructional Connections outside the Focus Cluster
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