A Program of The Actuarial Foundation. Aligned with Common Core State and NCTM Standards.

What is an actuary? An actuary is an expert in statistics who works with businesses, governments, and organizations to help them plan for the future. Actuarial science is the discipline that applies math and statistical methods to assess risk.

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# Adventures in Expressions and Equations

## Build Key Skills

Welcome to "Adventures in Expressions and Equations," a new suite of high-interest materials designed to support students in developing key skills in expressions and equations. Developed by The Actuarial Foundation with Scholastic, the program also highlights the value of these concepts both inside and outside the classroom through the lens of adventure sports, such as skiing and rock climbing.

LESSON PLANS

Exponents and Variables in Expressions
In this lesson, students will develop the skills to write and evaluate algebraic expressions that represent real-world situations. Using knowledge of exponents and variables, students will complete a worksheet on a ski lodge.

Graphs, Tables, and Equations Relating Independent and Dependent Variables

Students will represent the relationship between independent and dependent variables in multiple ways in this lesson while completing a worksheet on rock climbing.

Using Properties to Identify Equivalent Expressions

In this lesson, students will generate equivalent expressions, including by using the distributive property, in the context of a worksheet on professional skydiving.

Cube Roots, Square Roots, and the Pythagorean Theorem

Students will apply knowledge of exponents to solve problems in this lesson, including mathematically visualizing a parkour course in the accompanying worksheet.

RELATED RESOURCES

Delve deeper into expressions and equations with the related programs Exploring Expressions and Equations as well as Solving the Unknown with Algebra.

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