Curriculum Expectation:
Use variables in simple algebraic equations and expressions


Definition of a Variable:
A letter or symbol, such as “a”, “b”, or “x” that represents an unknown number.

Example:
1. Click on the link below to practice your patterning skills
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mejhm/index.html?l=0&ID1=AB.MATH.JR.PATT&ID2=AB.MATH.JR.PATT.PATT&lesson=html/object_interactives/patterns/use_it.html


2. Click on the videos below to see examples of how to use algebra tiles to solve equations
Grade6Intro.wmv
Grade6Ex1..wmv
Grade6Ex2.wmv
Grade6Ex3.wmv

Practice:
1. Practice solving simple equations with a variable
http://vectorkids.com/vkvariable.htm

2. Practice converting word problems into algebraic expressions
http://www.ixl.com/math/practice/grade-6-write-variable-expressions-to-represent-word-problems
(challenging interactive handout) Algebra Patterns .doc

3. The following handout is excellent practice for solving simple equations. It is recommended that you print the following handout and complete it.
2-step algebra.pdf

4. For students struggling with the concepts so far, they may want to try the link below (Java required).
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/NumberCruncher/