May 05

A few more games for algebraic thinking

A few more games for algebraic thinking

Apr 14

Weigh the Wangdoodles – plus 2 more games

Three algebraic thinking games are

Mar 23

Spotting Numbers and Visual Patterns

Here a two great websites that provide lots of great pattern problems.

Spotting Numbers

Visual Patterns

These patterns can be used with elementary students (if you just ask number questions) through advanced algebra (if you include questions about functions).

Mathematics is often described as the study of patterns.  That is exactly what Spotting Numbers and Visual Patterns do.

The interplay of geometry and numbers and algebraic thinking in these questions puts the learner squaring at the core of mathematical reasoning.  Quite frankly, it doesn’t get much better than this!  (OK, my opinion.)

Questions to Ask

Here are some questions.  As a general rule, For Elementary: a-b; Middle School: a-d; Algebra: a-e

a. How many *** are in next figure?
b. How many *** are in next figure after that?
c. How many *** are in pattern n = 10?
d. How many *** are in pattern n = 43?
e. Generalize: How many *** are in pattern n?

*** might be spots, triangles, butterflies, football helmets, etc.

Mar 11 – Luke

Luke showed some great practice games at

Students can play these games against each other (or alone).



Mar 08

Schedule of SBA Quizzes

Standard Date of 1st Quiz Date of 2nd Quiz
S.1  2/3/2015  2/10/2015
S.2  2/3/2015  2/10/2015
S.3  2/17/2015  2/24
S.4  2/24 3/3>>3/10
 S.5  2/24 3/3>>3/10
 S.6  3/3>>3/10  3/24 *
 S.7  3/10  3/24 *
 S.8  3/24 *  3/31
 S.9  3/24 *  3/31
 S.10  4/7  4/14
 S.11  4/14  4/21
 S.12  4/21  4/28*
S.13  4/21  4/28*
 S.14  4/28*  5/5
 S.15  4/28*  5/5

* These will be taken before Exam I or Exam II (first half of the class).  Exams will be the last 75 minutes.

Mar 04

Algebra Balance Scales Game at NLVM

Check this out

Mar 04

Section 2.1 Solving Word Problems

Below are two videos.  I do three examples from section 2.1.

The assignment for section 2.1 is pp. 190-193 #7,10,15,17,21,23,24,30,31,35,37,41,44,46,56.

This will be due March 26.

Mar 04

The Process of Creating a 3-Part Model

Click below to download the handout on how to create a model (function). This is going to be a model for a real-world situation.


Mar 03

Solving Multi-Step Equations

More Systematic Review of Algebra. See page 190 #1-24. (We did some last week.) See the algebraic solution on page 180. Below is a video doing page 190 #19.

Now do page 190 #7, 10, 15, 17, 21, 23, 24.


Mar 03

Mental Math for March 3

Do 8.6 Double any number up to 20; and

8.7 Compatible Numbers for Addition

Click here>> 8.6DoubleAnyNumberupto20


Put answers in your binder.  If you have questions, ask.

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