Instructional Activity# Is the Equation True?

Lesson 13. Unit 6. Grade 6 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 13, Unit 6, Grade 6. The purpose of this task is to give students experience working with exponential expressions and to promote making use of structure to compare exponential expressions. To this end, encourage students to rewrite expressions in a different form rather than evaluate them to a single number. For students who are accustomed to viewing the equal sign as a directive that means "perform an operation," tasks like these are essential to shifting their understanding of the meaning of the equal sign to one that supports work in algebra, namely, "The expressions on either side have the same value."