ERIC Number: ED479514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Algebraic Reasoning: Professor Arbegla Introduces Variables and Functions. GEMS Teacher's Guide for Grades 3-5.
Kopp, Jaine; Bergman, Lincoln
This teacher guide helps build a solid foundation in algebra for students in grades 3-5 in which students gain essential understanding of properties of numbers, variables, functions, equations, and formulas. Throughout the problem solving activities, students use computational skills and gain a deeper understanding of the number system. Students use journals for their work and also to create an algebra tool kit. The activities are broken into sessions which include: (1) "Professor Arbegla's Function Machine"; (2) "Decoding Functions"; (3) "What Goes In Comes Out (Letter #1)"; (4) "Oh, No, Not Again! (Letter #2)"; (5) "A New Math Machine"; (6) "What's the Magic in the Morph?"; (7) "Professor LaBarge's Scale"; (8) "More Balancing Acts"; (9) "The Professor's Multiplication Discovery"; (10) "Revisiting the Distributive Property"; (11) "Algebra in the Real World"; (12) "The Many Shapes of 36 Square Feet"; and (12) "More Variables". Also included are assessment suggestions and resources and literature connections. (MVL)
Descriptors: Algebra, Elementary Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy
GEMS, Lawrence Hall of Science #5200, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200. Tel: 510-642-7771; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.
Note: Illustrations by Lisa Klofkorn.