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Insights Into Algebra 1 - Teaching For Learning
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Workshop 1 Variables and Patterns of Change Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans:


Lesson Plan 1: Miles of Tiles - The Pool Border Problem

Lesson Plan 2: Cups and Chips - Solving Linear Equations Using Manipulatives
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Lesson Plan 2: Cups and Chips - Solving Linear Equations Using Manipulatives

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In this lesson, students use manipulatives to represent visually the steps they take to obtain a solution to an algebraic equation. They develop an understanding of the connections between the solution involving manipulatives and the symbolic solution.

Time Allotment:
One 50-minute class period

Subject Matter:
Linear equations

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Use manipulatives to solve linear equations of the form ax + b = c, where a, b, and c are constants.

  • Use symbolic methods to solve linear equations.

  • Verify and check the solutions to the equations by using substitution.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000:

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12

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