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Spring SAVY 2014, Week 2 – Awesome Algebra (Kindergarten)

Posted by on Monday, February 17, 2014 in SAVY blog.

Awesome Algebra

Spring SAVY 2014

This week our focus in Awesome Algebra was unknowns. We started by our class with some riddles and puzzles to get the students thinking about how they use clues to help them solve puzzles. We played a game where I put students into two groups based on different criteria, and they had to try to figure out the criteria. For example, one time I put students into two groups: wearing stripes and not wearing stripes. We played this game for a few rounds. We have some very careful observers!

After our warm up game, I gave the students some riddles to solve. I put some cubes in paper bags and gave them clues to help them figure out what cubes I had in my bag.  After each clue, we discussed what combinations of cubes were possible and not possible. These discussions were really important because the students were making and defending predictions. These riddles were a great stepping stone to our next activity that had students looking at equations and trying to solve for different variables. They were able to use clues to try to solve the equations. This involved some guessing and checking, and we focused on having the students explain their thinking. It was so interesting to see these young mathematicians at work!