Have the students put on their monocles and detective caps, as they will need to do a little work before solving these problems! The students will need to read algebraic expressions written in words, decipher what the problem is that needs to be solved, and will then solve the problem. In the last two problems, students will need to work backwards and write the phrase the expression represents! Who is up for a challenge?

Learning Objectives


  • WALT write an algebraic expression from a description that includes operations, numbers, and variables.


  • WALT evaluate numerical expressions involving whole number exponents.


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