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What are we targeting?

Many of DreamBox's lessons use real world and mathematical situations – sometimes in the form of word problems – that help students not only understand important math concepts, but also engage in mathematical processes and practices such as making sense of problems, reasoning quantitatively and abstractly, and looking for structure. DreamBox cultivates deep number sense, algebraic reasoning, and an ability to independently think like a mathematician, which ensures students can confidently apply their knowledge when they are tackling a standardized test and new word problems on their own.

We also understand that teachers also value more traditional word problems to support their classroom needs, which is why we offer a set of lessons where students can write simple numerical expressions that are related to a given verbal description. In Translating Expressions, students engage directly with the problem text in order to dynamically build an expression that represents the relationship between the given values.

Note that students are not asked to calculate the result, just build the expression that represents the calculation.

One operator:

Two operators:

## How will students see these lessons?

This content is available in 5th-grade lessons. These lessons have been carefully integrated into the full suite of DreamBox lessons. Students who are working in lessons beyond these will not need to complete these lessons. If a student is currently working on content at this grade level, then they will see these lessons on their lesson chooser at the appropriate time.