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Collaborating to Introduce Algebra

Frances Van Dyke, Jessica Tomback 

January 2005, Volume 10, Issue 5, Page 236

Abstract:
This article describes a collaboration between a university professor and a sixth-grade teacher who teamed to introduce algebra using a visual approach. The project began with a study of qualitative graphs, moved on to quantitative graphs, then introduced tables of values and finally concentrated on equations. Teachers will learn how to effectively introduce algebra to their students before being placed in an algebra class.

Keywords:
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Article
Algebraic Patterns
Conceptual Development
Communication
Data Collection
Grades 6-8
Higher Education
Data Representation
Graphing
Math Coordinator / Coach
Curriculum
Linearity
Teacher
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof
Representation
Ratios / Proportions