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January 2006, Volume 12, Issue 5

FEATURES

Thinking Algebraically across the Elementary School Curriculum
June Soares, Maria Blanton, James Kaput
Specific ways that teachers can integrate algebraic thinking across subjects in the elementary grades.

Putting Fun into Functions
Charles Reeves
Examples of elementary teachers using physical models of function machines with their K–5 students. Teachers will learn how to make function machines and use them in the classroom to introduce students to algebra functions.

From Simple Questions to Powerful Connections: A Two-Year Conversation about Negative Numbers
Jean Behrend, Laura Mohs
The experiences of a group of primary-grade students and their teacher as they explore negative numbers over the course of two years. Teachers will learn about one example of how a problem-solving environment contributes to discussion and understanding in mathematics.