Fall Saturday SAVY, Week 2, Adventures in Algebra (3rd-4th)
Welcome back to Adventures in Algebra! We continued our explorations of patterns and algebraic thinking with a hundreds chart exploration! Students identified patterns with multiples. This empowered us to solve for variables on arrays. Once our mathematicians developed rules for navigating the hundreds chart to solve variables, we expanded our skills with arrow math. Given any array, students developed operations represented by arrows. They proved how to undo arrow math with inverse operations; this thinking prepared us to level up the algebra next week by balancing equations to solve for variables.
For each lesson and problem, the students created Awesome Algebra cards for their board games. In the afternoon, we visited the computer lab for a procedural writing lesson and to begin writing rules for our board games.
Tonight, you can ask your mathematician about the concept of their board game and write out some arrow math problems and teach you how to solve them!