**Learning Targets:**

- I can tell whether or not an equation could represent a tape diagram.
- I can use a tape diagram to represent a situation.

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Illustrative Math

Grade 6

Let’s see how tape diagrams and equations can show relationships between amounts.

Illustrative Math Unit 6.6, Lesson 1 (printable worksheets)

The following diagram shows how to relate tape diagrams and equations.

Here are two diagrams. One represents 2 + 5 = 7. The other represents 5 · 2 = 10. Which is which? Label the length of each diagram.

Draw a diagram that represents each equation.

- 4 + 4 = 7
- 4 · 3 = 12

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Here are two tape diagrams. Match each equation to one of the tape diagrams.

- 4 + x = 12
- 12 ÷ 4 = x
- 4 · x = 12
- 12 = 4 + x
- 12 - x = 4
- 12 = 4 · x
- 12 - 4 = x
- x = 12 -4
- x + x + x + x = 12

For each equation, draw a diagram and find the value of the unknown that makes the equation true.

- 18 = 3 + x
- 18 = 3 · y

You are walking down a road, seeking treasure. The road branches off into three paths. A guard stands in each path. You know that only one of the guards is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. Here is what they say:

- Guard 1: The treasure lies down this path.
- Guard 2: No treasure lies down this path; seek elsewhere.
- Guard 3: The first guard is lying.

Which path leads to the treasure?

- Here is an equation: x + 4 = 17

a. Draw a tape diagram to represent the equation.

b. Which part of the diagram shows the quantity x? What about 4? What about 17?

c. How does the diagram show that x + 4 has the same value as 17? - Diego is trying to find the value of x in 5 · x = 35. He draws this diagram but is not certain how to proceed.

a. Complete the tape diagram so it represents the equation 5 · x = 35.

b. Find the value of x. - For each equation, draw a tape diagram and find the unknown value.

a. x + 9 = 16

b. 4 · x = 28 - Match each equation to one of the two tape diagrams.

a. x + 3 = 9

b. 3 · x = 9

c. 9 = 3 · x

d. 3 + x = 9

e. x = 9 - 3

f. x = 9 ÷ 3

g. x + x + x = 9 - A shopper paid $2.52 for 4.5 pounds of potatoes, $7.75 for 2.5 pounds of broccoli, and $2.45 for 2.5 pounds of pears. What is the unit price of each item she bought? Show your reasoning.

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