Making Algebra Child's Play®

When elementary school students succeed with algebra, they see themselves as having a higher capacity for learning. This new vision of themselves can impact their entire school career.

**Learn the power of a concrete and pictorial approach to algebraic linear equations! **

- Learn how to concretely model linear equations
- Understand the "legal moves" which may be used to solve equations
- Enable your students to solve equations such as 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 in
*jus*t three lessons - Experience the "teacher-as-the-coach" mode of instruction
- Understand the power of Piagetian learning
- Enable your students to understand and solve equations such as 2(2x+3) = 3x+7
- Learn how to enhance student mathematical communication
- Learn the pictorial representation for solving equations
- The secret to using the traditional written notation for solving equations
- Learn a visual way to present the addition property of equality, the property of additive inverses, and the additive identity property for solving algebraic equations
- Learn a meaningful way to teach addition and subtraction of integers

Middle school students who can easily solve algebraic linear equations such as 2(2x + 3) = 3x + 12 and apply this skill to the solution of algebraic word problems, will have a great advantage when going into a traditional algebra 1 class.

**Learn the power of a concrete and pictorial approach to verbal problems! **

- Sally is 4 years older than Tim. If the sum of their ages is 20, how old is each?
- Brian buys one pack of baseball cards to add to the two cards a friend gave him. Then his mother gives him two more packs as a special treat. Now he has as many cards as Marcus who owns one pack plus 12 loose cards. How many cards are in each pack?

**This workshop will help your students meet the following Common Core Math Process Standards: **

- Use appropriate tools strategically
- Model with mathematics
- Look for and make use of mathematical structure
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

**Recommended for: **

This workshop is recommended for teachers of mathematics in grades 3 - 8. Teachers of the gifted in grade 2 and teachers of high school students struggling with algebra will also find this workshop of value.

**To bring this full-day workshop to your district: **

Please send an email to info@borenson.com, complete a quick form or call 800-993-6284. Please specify three alternative dates that will work for you.