ERIC Number: EJ1092940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Fostering Understanding of Variable with Patterns
Store, Jessie C.; Richardson, Kerri D.; Carter, Tyrette S.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v22 n7 p420-427 Mar 2016
Based on a study with six elementary school teachers and 115 students in grades 3, 4, and 5, this article discusses ways that teachers might support an understanding of variable as students explore pattern-finding activities. The practices emerged from interviews with teachers and a yearlong observation of teaching algebraic thinking during an afterschool program at six elementary schools. The task discussed here can be accessible to elementary school students. It supports understanding of different facets of a variable, thereby avoiding misconceptions that students usually have in later grades and allowing flexible understanding that is a core for algebraic thinking (Ursini and Trigueros 2001).
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Interviews, Observation, Algebra, Mathematical Logic, After School Programs, Mathematical Concepts, Misconceptions, Concept Formation, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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