Task# Which Goes with Which?

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

In grade 6, students should have ample opportunities to translate between mathematical equations and verbal statements. Sometimes when algebraic equations are introduced in grade 6, students are just asked to write an equation for a problem that they could easily solve numerically. This task takes the focus off of the answer and offers an opportunity to focus on, for example, how we write the product of and an unknown quantity. To help students write equations to represent stories more naturally and fluently, they should also be asked to do the opposite, which is to come up with a story to go with an equation.