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Surprise, It is Algebra in Elementary! Don't Worry Be Happy

The successful transition from 5th to 6th-grade mathematics thinking is a matter of how much algebraic vocabulary a student understands. Standards, lessons, and textbooks rely heavily on arithmetic language in elementary but at the 6th-grade level the language transitions to algebraic phrasing. Language acquisition experts state it takes 2 to 3 years of immersion in a language form to master it. Math is a specific language and algebraic language is a niche language.
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Surprise, It is Algebra in Elementary! Don't Worry Be Happy
  • Mary Page says:
    A game that specifically targets math word phrases to math symbols in expressions. We throw word problems at students rather than teach them phrasing. Concentrating on the phrasing of math lets a student practice decoding over and over again and a game is a good way to do that.It lays the groundwork for algebraic functions like kids see everyday on a keyboard with the F1,F2, F3 keys.
  • Mary Page says:
    Logical reasoning is the underlying foundation of algebraic reasoning. Develop it and watch students soar. It can be done with games. The standards in modern eras imply that but do not express it specifically. So doing activities with hands on cards or games sets a student up for success. Logical thinking underlies many of the higher level skills in reading and math. Tie it to fiction versus non fiction and fact versus opinion.
  • Mary Page says:
    A video of a Kim Sutton workshop that shows the methods and patterns of in depth mathematics from an algebraic reasoning perspective. You can describe Kim Sutton techniques all day but you have to be there to fully understand how she fundamentally changes math teaching. Math her way touches the 8 modalities of learning making all students successful.
  • Mary Page says:
    Kim Sutton has many resources that develop algebraic reasoning in a fun way for elementary and students love it. I have been to a number of her workshops and used her books. Her math thinking is extremely deep and she has scaffolded such deep concepts to the primary level with pictures and sheets that work. She is one of the best authorities for developing math language tied to a concept. Many students I took from failing to passing by using modifications of her ideas and materials.
  • ase.tufts.edu
    ase.tufts.edu

    Algebraic Language for Teachers

    20 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Teacher directed article giving the actual language to use to teach algebra during an activity. What at teacher communicates with words in a language specific area such as math matters. Language for any subject area develops first from pictures and then by oral. A student needs to hear the language of algebra long before they take an algebra class. Other wise poor scores on tests may be a result of a reading comprehension problem rather than math.
  • Mary Page says:
    Activities fully explained algebraically for use in elementary that develop algebraic thinking. The best part is using hands on activities allows students to manipulate parts and explore. Learning that it is a good thing to explore an item for yourself creates self discipline. That is the goal of any subject area a person to think for self and decide what works for them and what does not.Comparing and contrasting approaches with my students improved my math and added to my tool box of techniques
  • mathsolutions.com
    mathsolutions.com

    Article on what Algebra looks like in elementary. Think Patterns

    30 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Patterns, equivalence, variance, and graphing is what algebra looks like in elementary with fun activities. Once students do the hands on activities they begin to try what if scenarios leading to more generalizations. Best of all in their daily lives they begin to see algebra as a tool to solve unknowns in any subject area. This creates confidence and a willingness to try different strategies. An input/output machine makes students giggle as what they put in comes out in a different form.
  • wcer.wisc.edu
    wcer.wisc.edu

    Developing Algebraic Reasoning in the Elementary School

    5 minute read
    Mary Page says:
    Algebraic reasoning develops powerful thinking strategies to approaching mathematics in the real world. Math is a specialized language and we know that it takes 2 to 3 years to fully master any strand.