Try these four growing-pattern strategies to teach algebraic thinking in elementary school.
Jessie C. Store, Kerri D. Richardson, and Tyrette S. Carter
Christine A. Perry and Vivian F. Cyrus
This article describes a visual method for finding the algebraic rule for the nth term using tile pictures. Activity sheets are included.
Erin Turner, Amanda T. Sugimoto, Kathleen Stoehr, and Erica Kurz
Research-based strategies are described for supporting students as they mathematize real-world scenarios and create inequalities to model situations and contexts from their own lives.
Kimberly A. Markworth
This feline-rodent problem helps preservice teachers go beyond the cross-multiplication algorithm to think about proportional relationships.
Jennifer L. Zakrzewski
There are increased calls to incorporate technology into classrooms, which have led to the adoption of the iPad® in many classrooms around the country. This tablet computer is often chosen as the medium for technology integration because it is user-friendly, lightweight, and wireless. It also allows access to inexpensive applications. Although iPads may be considered expensive, they afford access to online textbooks that can be updated annually, thereby reducing costs over time.
Frieda Parker and Vida Treviño
This activity engages students in a lesson about algebraic relationships concerning groupings of hamburgers and French fries, coupled with full-page activity sheets.
big solutions to little problems
Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells
Solutions to a previous Solve It problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.
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Scott Steketee and Daniel Scher
Transformations using dynamic software can provide a unique perspective on a common topic.
Joanna B. Stegall and Jacquelynn A. Malloy
An algebra 1 teacher collaborated with two university researchers to develop vocabulary minilessons and peer discussions to support students in understanding and using algebraic language.