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Accessible Algebra: 30 Modules to Promote Algebraic Reasoning, Grades 7-10

Accessible Algebra: 30 Modules to Promote Algebraic Reasoning, Grades 7-10

by Anne Collins, Steven R. BensonAnne Collins


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Accessible Algebra is for any pre-algebra or algebra teacher who wants to provide a rich and fulfilling experience to students as they develop new ways of thinking through and about algebra.
Each of the thirty lessons in this book identifies and addresses a focal domain and standard in algebra, then lays out the common misconceptions and challenges students may face as they work to investigate and understand problems.
Anne and Steve met with and listened to students in real classrooms as the students explained what problem-solving strategies they were using or worked to ask the right questions that would lead them to a deeper understanding of algebra. The authors describe these classroom scenarios in each lesson and also suggest ways teachers may assign a problem or activity, how to include formative assessment strategies, and suggestions for grouping students.
Each lesson also includes sections on how to support struggling students, as well as additional resources and readings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310668
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anne M. Collins, professor of mathematics and education, is the Director of Mathematics Programs and the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley University. A former member of the board of directors for NCTM, she works with preservice and in-service teachers, helping them deepen their mathematics pedagogical content knowledge. Her research focuses on the impact of formative assessment on student achievement.
Steven R. Benson is a mathematician and mathematics educator at Lesley University; he has created curriculum and facilitated professional development for pre- and in-service teachers for nearly thirty years. He was the lead author of Ways to Think About Mathematics: Activities and Investigations for Grade 6–12 Teachers (Corwin 2004).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1


1 Order of Operations 1-1

2 Writing Expressions from Tables 1-4

3 Growing Patterns 1-7

4 Taxes and Interest 1-11

5 Venn Diagrams and Factor Lattices 1-15

6 Area Expressions 1-19

7 Multiplying Polynomials 1-23

8 Powerful Integers 1-28

9 Absolutely! 1-32

10 Square Root Approximations 1-35


11 Activity Centers 2-1

12 Balance Beams 2-4

13 Challenge and Intervention Centers 2-7

14 Gauss and Figurate Numbers 2-9

15 Equations in All Forms 2-12

16 Linear Systems 2-16

17 Systems 2-19

18 Proportions on the Cartesian Coordinate Plane 2-23

19 What Is the Better Buy? 2-28

20 Walking Rates 2-31

21 Absolute Value 2-34

22 Nonlinear Explorations 2-37


23 Functionally Speaking 3-1

24 Number Patterns into Functions 3-6

25 Function Translations 3-8

26 Celsius to Fahrenheit and Back Again 3-11

27 Absolute Value Functions 3-14

28 Modeling Exponentially 3-17

29 Falling to Pieces 3-21

30 Why the Finite Differences Method Works 3-24

Appendix 1 Expressions A1-1

Appendix 2 Equations A2-1

Appendix 3 Functions A3-1

Answer Key AK-1

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