Algebra Ten Tiles

The student uses each of the Ten Tiles once and only once to complete the algebra problem solving activities.  The algebra I Ten Tiles uses just one variable and the Algebra Ten Tiles are activities with X and Y.  Directions and images available with each so that students can create their own Ten Tile

Algeblocks - ETA

This notebook lesson is a teacher utility that can be used with the Algeblocks manipulatives from ETA.  The teacher uses this model while students are working with the Algeblocks manipulatives at their desk.  There are activities in each of the first three lessons and the fourth file is simply the mats that the teacher or student can use to explain or describe the concept

Function Man

Students and teachers alike love the Function Man.  This interactive lesson uses the concept of a function machine to illustrate input/output.  Directions for making your own function man included.

Great Swami Exponents

This interactive uses the Great Swami reveal technique to illustrate the Laws of Exponents.  I used this as a review exercise for my algebra students.

Patterns, Functions,

and Algebra

The big ideas of algebraic thinking involve representation, proportional reasoning, balance, meaning of variable, patterns and functions, inductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning.

Greenes and Findell (1998):

Featured Lesson

Factoring Polynomials Foldable

This file gives directions on the steps involved in creating a 6 flap foldable that explains the various methods of factoring polynomials.  The completed product is an interactive page with links that explains each of the methods.

Cubes and Balances

Students use the concept of a balance scale to solve problems for the value of the colored cubes.

Two Step Algebra Equations A&D

This is a lesson that illustrates the steps in solving a two step algebraic equation.   This example involves the two steps of addition and division along with the steps involving the checking of your answer.

Two Step Algebra Equations S&D

This is a lesson that illustrates the steps in solving a two step algebraic equation.   This example involves the two steps of subtraction and division along with the steps involving the checking of your answer.