ALEX Learning Activity

My Voki! My Expressions!

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Pamela West
System:Montgomery County
School:Montgomery County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1524
My Voki! My Expressions!
Digital Tool/Resource:
Web Address – URL:

In this learning activity, students will create a Voki as a creative, easy-to-use tool that will help motivate students, improve lesson comprehension, and student participation.  Students will use a Voki to define key mathematical terms ( factors, sum, terms, product, quotient, coefficients) needed to identify parts of an expression.

This alignment is a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 6
13 ) Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. [6-EE2]

a. Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers. [6-EE2a]

Example: Express the calculation, "Subtract y from 5," as 5 - y.

b. Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. [6-EE2b]

Example: Describe the expression 2(8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.

c. Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems. Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole-number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations). [6-EE2c]

Example: Use the formulas V = s3 and A = 6s2 to find the volume and surface area of a cube with sides of length s = 1/2.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to create a Voki to read math terminology related to algebraic expressions (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, or coefficient) to translate the meanings of the expression and the parts of the expression.

Students will be able to create, write, read, and evaluate expressions through collaboration.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

Students will be divided into groups and create a Voki to explain math terminology such as term, sum, product, quotient, coefficient, equivalent expressions, and simplify. The students may use the glossary in the textbook or online dictionary. 

1. Log-on to the internet to Voki website.

  • Select a Character (students will have a variety of different characters to choose from).
  • Select accessories to dress your character.
  • Select a background
  • Select color if you want to change the character skin tone
  • Select Voice - you have several options you can add your own voice via phone, microphone, and text to speech (text to speech will be automated). 

Once the students decide on one of the voice options.

 2. Collaborate with your group and decide on the definition for the math terms your group was assigned, provide as much detail as possible, and include an example.

 3. Collaborate with your group and decide who will present the Voki to the class.

4. Based on the presentations of the key terminology presented. Each student will do the following:

  • Create a google document to respond to another group's presented terminology by creating an algebraic expression related to the definitions.
  • Once finished the students will have to critique at least two other students' google documents. They will be critiquing the correct terminology usage along with verifying the algebraic expression is aligned with the definition provided.
  • The post must include positive feedback along with an example to further illustrate their understanding of algebraic expressions and the definition.

5. The teacher will monitor the students' responses and provide timely feedback.


Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will assess students' understanding of key terminology through the group Voki presentation.

The teacher will assess students' understanding of algebraic expressions and key terminology from their Google document.c

The teacher will assess the responses to various posts to demonstrate their understanding in identifying parts of an expression, translating, and writing expressions.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to make sure the internet connection is available.

Have at least 4 to 5 working computers or IPads available for student use.

Variation Tips (optional):

Have the group share and post their Avatar. The group has to respond to at least two different posts.

State whether they agree or disagree with the information shared. Tell why or why not? 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Take the time to set up an account and create a Voki (Avatar) before introducing it to your students. Instructions are available on the site.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: equivalent expression, factor, or coefficient, product, quotient, sum, term