# Algebra Teaching Resources

Are you introducing algebra in your 5th and 6th grade math classes this school year? Bring numerical expressions and algebraic thinking to life with the help of engaging printable worksheets, fun algebra games and more teacher-created resources for elementary and middle school math teachers.

The printable and digital teacher resources in this collection are all aligned with the TEKS and Common Core math standards, and they've been designed by the Teach Starter team to be easily edited so you can differentiate instruction easily. Best of all? Each resource has been carefully reviewed by a math teacher on our team to ensure it's ready to add to your algebra lesson plans.

Whether this is your first year teaching algebra or you're just looking for a little extra help to meet all the standards, we've got you covered. Read on for a primer from our teacher team, including a look at algebraic thinking.

## What Is Algebraic Thinking and Why Is it So Important?

Ever wondered why we teach algebraic thinking in elementary schools? Or what the term entails?

Long before students actually put pencil to paper to solve the equations that tend to come to mind when people hear the word "algebra," they're building a host of skills that all fall under the broad "algebraic thinking" umbrella.

So what does that look like?

On a high level, algebraic thinking is about identifying and understanding relationships that are not limited to specific numerical values. Kids use algebraic thinking to make sense of patterns and represent the relationships between numbers.

Taking things a step deeper, algebraic thinking activities like learning to identify the missing number in a sequence prep our young math learners to later represent and solve problems that involve unknown quantities and changing relationships.

Like so much of what we do in elementary and middle school, we're laying the foundation for our students to succeed in high school (and beyond).

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### Roll It! Operations Game

Use this fun game to practice all four operations and/or order of operations.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Test Prep Packet

Encourage your students to work through 8 pages of 5th-grade math problems while charting their progress to measure their success.

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### Adding and Subtracting Integers - Codebreaker Worksheets

Crack the positive and negative number code with four adding and subtracting integers worksheets.

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### Algebraic Expressions & Equations – Worksheet

Write algebraic expressions and equations for 6 different word problems with this worksheet.

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### Evaluating Expressions – Task Cards

Use this set of 24 task cards to practice evaluating expressions with a single variable.

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### One-Step Equations (Addition and Subtraction) – Math Mazes

Practice solving one-step equations with whole numbers, decimals, and mixed numbers while working through a set of 3 math mazes.

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### One-Step Equations (Addition and Subtraction) – Worksheet

Explore pre-algebra concepts by adding and subtracting whole numbers, decimals, and fractions with this one-step equations worksheet.

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### Distributive Property Match-Up

Use your understanding of the greatest common factor and the distributive property to match equivalent expressions.

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### Greatest Common Factor Doodle Notes

Learn how to find the GCF with this set of doodle notes.

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### Number Talks - Geometry Task Cards

Build geometric reasoning with this set of 24 task cards.

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### Number Talks - Order of Operations Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 20 task cards.

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### Order of Operations Worksheet

Solve equations using the order of operations with this one-page worksheet.

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### Emoji Equation Riddles - Determine the Unknown

Build problem-solving and critical thinking skills with printable Emoji Math Riddle task cards.

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### One-Step Equations (Addition & Subtraction) – Interactive Task Cards

Practice solving one-step equations by adding and subtracting whole numbers, decimals and fractions.

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### One-Step Equations (Addition and Subtraction) – Board Game

Use addition and subtraction skills to solve one-step equations with a fun board game.

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### Evaluate Expressions (One Variable) – Mystery Picture Worksheet

Substitute values for variables and use your understanding of the order of operations to solve expressions with this worksheet.

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### Writing Equations – Match Up Activity

Practice matching word sentences to equations with variables with this 36-card match-up activity.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Review important 5th-grade math standards with a student-led interactive activity that covers 12 different mathematical concepts.

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### One-Step Equations (Addition and Subtraction) – Task Cards

Add and subtract whole numbers, decimals, and fractions to solve one-step equations with a single variable with this set of 24 task cards.

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### Greatest Common Factor and the Distributive Property Worksheets

Determine the GCF and use the distributive property to express the sum of two whole numbers as a multiplication equation with a common factor.

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### Prism Party! –Volume of Composite Rectangular Prisms – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Practice how to find the volume of composite figures with this interactive activity.

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### Order of Operations Flipbook

Review how to solve numerical expressions using the order of operations with this printable flipbook.

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### Order of Operations – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Simplify expressions by using the order of operations with this Google Slides interactive activity.

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### Order Up! Numerical Expressions Worksheet

Solve problems by using order of operations to evaluate numerical expressions.

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### Writing Equations From Word Problems – Differentiated Digital & Printable Worksheets

Practice writing equations from word problems with this set of differentiated worksheets.

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### Writing Equations – Interactive Mystery Picture Reveal

Practice representing written statements as a single-variable equation with this self-checking interactive activity.

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### Writing Equations – I Have, Who Has? Game

Practice identifying word sentences for different equations with an exciting I Have, Who Has game.

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### Evaluating Expressions – Paper Chain Activity

Use your understanding of the order of operations to evaluate expressions with one or two variables with this paper chain activity.

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### Evaluating Expressions – Match-Up Activity

Practice substituting values for variables while evaluating expressions with this match-up activity designed for 6th-grade students.

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### Exponential Expressions – Match-Up Activity

Match numerical expressions with exponents to their expanded expressions and solutions with this match-up activity.

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### Algebraic Expressions – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Practice writing, reading, and solving algebraic expressions with this set of interactive activities.

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### Writing Equations – Task Cards

Practice writing an equation with a variable to represent a situation with this set of 24 task cards.