Fall SAVY 2017, Day 3- Adventures in Algebra (1st/2nd)
Happy Third Day!
Today the students completed a whole class concept map to summarize their understanding of “All things Algebra”. I was amazed to see that their concept map included such terminology as prime and composite numbers, charts, graphs (circle, bar, line), symbols (+ = x – /), letters, balance, equations, etc. They are beginning to compute more complicated equations using chess pieces and dice. The chess pieces and dice provide the visual the students need in order simplify their computations.
They are continuing to understand that variables can be used to represent specific unknowns. As the students’ levels of comfort increases, they will be encouraged to use more abstract methods of solving equations. They will also begin to form their own equations to share with their peers. They will generate rules to help their peers solve the equations.
Dr. P. 🙂