Algebra in the Elementary Classroom provides the support we need as teachers to embed the development of students' algebraic thinking in the teaching of elementary school.
- Megan Loef Franke
Coauthor of Children's Mathematics and Thinking Mathematically
How do you start students down the road to mathematical understanding? By laying the foundation for algebra in the elementary grades.
Algebra and the Elementary Classroom shares ideas, tasks, and practices for integrating algebraic thinking into your teaching. Through research-based and classroom-tested strategies, it demonstrates how to use materials you have on hand to prepare students for formal algebra instruction - without adding to your overstuffed curriculum. You'll find ways to:
introduce algebraic thinking through familiar arithmetical contexts
nurture it by helping students think about, represent, and build arguments for their mathematical ideas
develop it by exploring mathematical structures and functional relationships
strengthen it by asking students to make algebraic connections across the curriculum
reinforce it across the grades through a schoolwide initiative.
No matter what your math background is, Algebra and the Elementary Classroom offers strong support for integrating algebraic thinking into your daily teaching. Its clear descriptions show you what algebraic thinking is and how to teach it. Its sample problems deepen your own algebraic thinking. Best of all, it gives you ideas for grade-specific instructional planning.
Read Algebra and the Elementary Classroom and prepare your students for a lifetime of mathematical understanding.
Maria Blanton is the author of the Heinemann title Algebra and the Elementary Classroom (2008). She is Senior Executive Research Associate at the James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her work focuses on understanding issues of teacher and student learning associated with algebraic thinking in the elementary grades.