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Algebraic Expressions & Equations – Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 5 - 6

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

Algebraic Expressions & Equations

Learning how to represent numbers with letters can be a tricky concept at first. With this math worksheet, students will practice reading different scenarios and writing an expression or equation with variables for each.

What is an algebraic expression? This is a number sentence made with:

  • Numbers (integeger constants)
  • Variables (letters to represent numbers)
  • Operation symbols (+, –, ×, ​​÷)

What is an algebraic equation? This is is a number sentence made with:

  • Numbers (integer constants)
  • Variables (letters to represent numbers)
  • Operation symbols (+, –, ×, ​​÷)
  • An equal sign

With his worksheet, students will show they understand the difference and can write simple equations and expressions.

An answer key with possible answers is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to create their own word problems and write corresponding algebraic expressions. 

If there are students who need additional support, invite them to reference previous lessons, presentations, and anchor charts. Additionally, this activity can be completed in a 1:1 setting or a small group. 

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Melissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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