Elementary Algebra is generalized form of arithmetic. It provides a language to represent problems and functions. Algebraic thinking is also one of the first forms of abstract thinking that students develop in mathematics. Lets look at some of the common gotchas of algebraic learning. | This is Excellent!! I'm loving the explanations!!!
Real-World Algebra Activity. Use A variety on Items around the classroom. Set a variable and a price to represent each item. (You can even allow the students to determine the prices). Have the students shop for items or create a shopping list for them. Students will need to write expressions that match their list, Then solve each expression to determine the final cost. Students practice writing algebraic expressions and multiplying and adding decimals. (Examples are provided on webpage)
In Algebra, a monomial or a term is comprised of a combination of the following: numbers, variables, and exponents. In Algebraic expressions and equations, terms or monomials are separated by addition and subtraction signs. Monomial is an algebraic expression with only one term. For example, 7xy, - 5m, 3z2, 4 etc.
LOVE this idea for teaching translating expressions into words....post different expressions around room, give each group diff color marker and have them write unique translations for each. Genius way to make this lesson more fun!!
lay the puzzle game that is taking the world by storm. Sudoku is a logic-based placement puzzle. The object is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. Sudoku can also be played with 9 unique pictures or symbols. There are some examples of such games in the Sudoku for Kids section.