Lesson Plan #:AELP-ALG0001
Author: Lois Cullipher, Whittier Elementary, Mesa, AZ Date: 1994
Grade Level(s): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
OVERVIEW: Many students are afraid of algebra because of different reasons, but mostly because they aren’t comfortable with it. The national standards explain that algebra will be needed in the next few years to obtain any type of employment. In order for the students in America to compete Internationally with Japan and other countries, they need higher- level math taught in more comfortable and less threatening situations.
Since algebra is taught now in most junior high classrooms strictly in the abstract mode, students take it only if it’s required and unless they plan to attend a university, they forget most of the algebraic concepts they were taught.
As a result of this activity, the students will:
ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER:
After students spend 20-30 minutes manipulating, recording, and checking their problems, collect the papers for grades or points. Then ask students how they feel about algebra. Conduct a low-anxiety class discussion on the lesson and the use of the materials. Through the discussion, hopefully, students will interact with each other and become more aware of algebra concepts. For the conclusion of the lesson, have students write or tell orally what an equation is, what is an unknown, what does balance mean, how they feel about algebra now after the lesson, how many would feel good about taking algebra later in school, etc.
May 1994 These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.